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.