It's 3:15am as I am finishing this post and just sending these pics/clips to Nancy Jr. The last 2 nights I've only gotten 4 hours sleep each, so I'm going to leave the blog space to mostly a visual post.
Here is an interesting Olympic story about the Dutch skater (Stephan Groothuis) who won gold in the 1000m last Wednesday.
He's the guy in the picture to the right--> sitting on the far right. Brian has interestingly been paired with him several times (has beaten him before :) but a real great guy! Read his story here...
Here's a clip of the guys team pursuit from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics (Chad Hedrick, Brian Hansen, Jonathon Kuck). Watch starting at minute 45:45:
And then here is a flashback of Nancy Jr.'s Team Pursuit (with ladies Jennifer Rodriguez, Jilleanne Rookard) from Vancouver 2010...!!!! Watch the US ladies magical upset as they beat the Canadian ladies (who were set to win gold) by 0.05 seconds starting at minute 22:00:
Below: Bart Shouten, presently Canadian coach (coached Denny Morrison to Silver, Bronze here in Sochi. Also a Gold/Silver medalist from Vancouver/Turin, Italy Olympics respectively for the Team Pursuit races). Also coached American Chad Hedrick (his results are seen on the chart to the left).
|Gold||2006 Turin||5000 m|
|Silver||2006 Turin||10000 m|
|Silver||2010 Vancouver||Team pursuit|
|Bronze||2006 Turin||1500 m|
|Bronze||2010 Vancouver||1000 m|
Here is the link to see a bit more about this band that just makes the rink come alive during competitions. And they re really fun guys! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1CbcCbJlsg&sns=em
Another short clip of the Kleintje Pils Dutch band playing during the 10,000m races today. Sochi Olympics:
The well known Dutch speedskater Sven Kramer who was expected to win 3 golds in Vancouver and came away with 1 (losing a first place finish in the infamous 10k to a missed lane change). Here he finishes 2nd in the 10k that he was expected to win.
The finish of Sven Kramer's 10k Olympic race today....epic. He took Silver.
Just sending snipits of my day so you get a feel for what the routine is. Here I am picking my bike up inside the venue area because I cannot take it out of the secured area.
Another "snip-it" of my day. It was raining all day and I resorted to wearing towels throughout the day as I rode the bike around. I just got back to my place.
Goodnight from Sochi!