Well the sun still rises after a day of mild disappointment. We finished the 2-man race in sixth place. We were less than half a second away from a bronze medal. Going into the final two heats, we (my driver Steve Holcomb and I) were only .12 seconds from the medals. I think that gave us just taste of what it would be like to win and in a way, that set us up for a little disappointment. Our runs final runs were clean and smooth and push times were competitive, we just didn’t go fast. That’s part of the sport. Our best guess is that our runner selection was for colder temperatures and harder ice. It was near 40 degrees for the race and the ice was a little soft.
Even in spite of the disappointing feeling, I can’t express how much fun it was to race. Man, the crowd was going crazy and it was the loudest start I’ve ever seen. I think it was louder for the Americans than it was for the Canadians! I crossed the finish line, got out of the sled, and waved to the crowd and got to see my mom waving frantically back. It was a great moment to wear the red, white, and blue. I’m definitely not going to forget the big picture and not get too caught up in winning to forget the ride I’ve been blessed to be a part of. I wanted the last few heats to go a little differently, but I’ll still smile about it every time I think about the race.
On to 4-man…