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Some things are worth the wait

Original post made by John Naber on Feb 16, 2010

The alarm went off at 4:30am, and I was walking across town by 5:00am. Our instructions were to get on a bus on the other side of the water, at 6:25am (the only time available for reservations). By the time we arrived at the sea-bus station, the doors were still locked. At 5:45, the doors opened and by 6:01 the ferry was on its way. By 6:20, we were seated on the bus, and ready for the 30 minute trip. On disembarking the public transportation, we still had two kilometers to climb, before finding our seats.

Olympic ticket holders are pretty forgiving because they are so excited about being at the Olympic Games, that the normal conveniences hardly seem to matter. Coffee was sold out by 7:30am, and there was no place to sit down. Then the rains began, and there was little or no shelter. Then the 10:00am preliminaries were postponed until noon. Even when the competition began, there were many "course holds" when clouds rolled in and diminished the cameras' view and the athletes' ability to see the course.
Lindsey Jacobellis was my pre-race favorite, but when a Canadian entry, Maelle Ricker, fell on her first time trial, instead of riding off the course, she hopped up the ramp in order to complete her turn down the piste. I likened this to Mary Decker's fall in the 1984 Games, but instead of being carried off the track, it would have been Mary slowly standing erect and completing the distance in front of the crowd. I was inspired.

Jacobellis was eliminated in the semi-finals, and the Canadian crowd was rewarded for their patience with the weather, when Maelle Ricker defeated the other finalists, to earn another gold medal for the host country.

I slept on the way home.

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