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GB Skeleton Athlete

1st week in Lake Placid, USA

No sign of any 30-foot-long man-eating crocodiles here, although there is a bobsleigh track!

Lake Placid, our 2nd port of call on our international merry-go-round, is one of my favourite locations we visit.  It’s a fairly quiet town with one main street, and it’s hard to believe they managed to hold a Winter Olympic Games here in 1980.

After a fairly troublesome introduction to my new sled in Winterberg, I wasn’t exactly brimming with confidence in the lead-up to the first GB selection race of the season.  However, it seemed that my sled was better suited to the fast twists and turns of the track here, than the slow meandering German track.  I think I’m starting to get a better feel and understanding of the sled too.

Battle woundsThe 3 days of training prior to the race were ok, I set some competitive times while picking up some big bruises on my arms and ribs (which have since turned a nice shade of black) and I also broke a visor!  I was on the pace of my rivals and we were all switching positions, so it was impossible to predict an outcome for the race.

The race day couldn’t have been more tense!  After the first run I was 3 hundredths of a second behind Ant Sawyer.  I beat Ant on the second run, but only by 2 hundredths of a second.  I lost 1st place by 1 hundredth of a second!  That’s quicker than a blink of an eye or a click of your fingers.  It’s not a bad result as there’s still 1 more race to go.  If I win the second race by more than 1 hundredth of a second, I’ll be on the World Cup circuit until Christmas.

Next GB selection race:  Friday 23rd October.

October 20, 2009 - Posted by | Blog Archive

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