February 14, 2010

Starting Off on the Right Foot

One race down, and I couldn't have asked for a much better start. One penalty, 45th place, qualified for the pursuit and top American! I'd say that's a pretty successful way to start off the Olympics. While I feel there are things I could improve in the race, I am happy with the outcome, and excited to race the pursuit on Tuesday. I haven't done a pursuit at this level before, so it should be an interesting and fun experience.

The highlight of yesterday's race has to be the crowd. When I started, there was an uproar of cheering from the crowd. My first thought was, "Did some German just shoot clean or something?" but then I realized, no, the cheering was for ME! Being used to pretending other people's cheers are actually for you (a necessary tool when cheering in Europe happens mostly for Europeans), it was amazing to have all the cheers really be for me. I almost smiled, and had to re-focus myself back into race mode as I left the stadium. It was an amazing experience, one I will never forget. I think it's finally hit me...I am at the Olympics!!!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Sara,

I saw your Name in the ranking of the sprint race. You really made it to the olympics! That is so great congratulations!!!

Kind regars
Marc

Aviatrix said...

Go Sara Go!

Topher said...

Sara- Lots of love to you and we are so excited for you and your folks. It was so much fun watching the results as you were racing! Chris & Jo

lorigib said...

Wow. Just Wow. You are part of a sort of "coming of age" for the U.S. Nordic team! So happy you are there to be such an integral part of this!

Have FUN!!!!!!

Chelsa Bea said...
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Chelsa Bea said...

I'm so excited for you! This is fabulous. I did a little post about you over on my blog, check it out here.

Maria said...

Hi Sara,

I am so proud of you! I just found out through Facebook (via Todd Kilburn) that you were competing in the Olympics and I immediately sounded out cheers in excitement. I will definitely be watching and cheering you on tomorrow night from my home in Massachusetts!

Best wishes,
Maria Quiray
(former Tucker Foundation advisor)

Dan said...

Right on Sara! Way to make Boise proud! Looking forward to seeing you kick some more butt in 2014!