Lund rebounded after a disappointing 11th place finish last week by winning the gold medal on his home track today. These lessons are best illustrated by a story that I feel encapsulates the true spirit of Olympic competition and goes strait to the heart of the crisis in Darfur that we are addressing here today.
Last week I wasnt in the right frame of mind, Lund said. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation The United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, based in Lake Placid, N. Within the Olympic Village, an area only a handful of people throughout the world are ever permitted to see, the greatest athletes on Earth live and complete their final preparations for the most important competition of their lives.
I was able to make adjustments this week, and one thing Ive learned over the years is how to not let mistakes keep me from coming back. Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. Success means immortality in the annuls of Olympic history and falling short of the goal of athletic perfection means that although your name may not be mentioned alongside the greats, you are still part of a rarefied club, the holder of a shared experience of excellence.
Bernotas pushed an identical 4.84 start to finish the first heat with a time of 49.10 seconds. For more information, please visit the USBSF Web site at 21) - Hefty Adam Smith (Bend, OR), riding new equipment and with new confidence, powered his way to third place Saturday in a World Cup parallel giant slalom on the Rettenbach Glacier. Smith, who received a new Kessler snowboard at midweek, crashed in his first run of the head-to-head semifinal round. Former Olympic medalist Chris Klug (Aspen, CO) was the next American, finishing 18th. However seeing only the competitive part alone shows a tiny fraction of the true beauty of the Olympic Games.
A steady snow began to fall during the second heat, causing unpredictable runs for the sliders. 14th for the third World Cup stop of the 2007-08 season. His first podium outdoors was the first top-3 for the U. But, he nearly made up his automatic 1.5-second deficit against Rok Flander of Slovenia, the eventual winner. It was mostly sunny, but mostly it was real wintry and that's a nice change, good to feel those real winter conditions." Other U. "They'd have one good run and then things would go a little south for 'em. I believe that the true Olympic Spirit can be demonstrated by this example: Inside the Village all of the athletes eat together.
Despite the inconsistent conditions, Lund and Bernotas maintained their first and second positions to claim the top two spots on the medal stand. For complete results of todays race, visit the Web site of the Fdration International de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganning (FIBT). Then the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Smith defeated Austrian Benjamin Karl in the two-run, "small final" for third place. "He was on a new board and it made a huge difference. It had snowed a little over the rock-hard glacial ice, so everyone could get a nice edge. But, the guys had good training over here and that's important." said Foley. I know that may seem trivial, but as you walk inside the dining hall your gaze drifts up to the rafters where all of the flags of the competing nations hang then drifts back down to the long tables where all of the athletes proudly wear the colors of their nations draped on their backs the true glory of this otherwise ordinary act is played out.
Zach, Caleb and I pushed each other all week, and it paid off, Bernotas said. His first podium in three seasons is also the third top-3 of Smith's career, but his first in PGS; his other two podiums were on parallel slalom - both on the indoor course at Landgraaf, Netherlands. Coach: "Awesome to watch..." "It was awesome to watch Adam ride so well," U. "It's a tight field..." "There isn't much of a margin for mistakes," Foley said. And with the qualification system, you just have to be on it both runs. The riders return to the United States and will regroup next month during their traditional November training camp at Copper Mountain, CO. Athletes from the Americas sit and break bread next to athletes from Africa.
Unfortunately, the snow may have played a role in some of the peoples down times today, but youve got to stay focused, and do what you need to do. One good run won't get it done for you in getting to the top 16 to reach finals." Sunday, no U. The alpine side of the snowboarding World Cup resumes Dec. 2007 Snowboarding World Cup Rettenbach Glacier Soelden, AUT - Oct. The athletes from the many nations of Europe, whose grandfathers lives were devastated by a war that encompassed the world, now laugh and embrace each other like brothers inside this shared space.
Bernotas stopped the clock in one minute, 38.41 seconds after a second run time of 49.56 for the silver medal. 21, 2007 Men's Giant Slalom (Top 4 make semifinals) 1. It was in this enclave that I realized that I may have more in common with an athlete born in communist China, through our shared love of our sport and experience on the field of play, than I have with some of my own native born countrymen.
Lund slid a second run time of 49.54 for a total of .41 to claim the gold medal on his home track. Y.) finished in 16th place today after runs of 49.39 and 50.34 for a total time of .73. This is the true magnificence of the Olympic Games.
Zach showed that he can slide well on this track, and the he is the best, Bernotas said. Theres not much you can do when conditions are like this, Smith said. We can fight like hell on the athletic field and return to live in peace.
Katherine Reutter fought off the residuals of Saturday's spill to successfully defend her title in the U. Short Track Championships on the final day of competition Sunday at Hardee's Iceplex.