Premier Mixed 500m Gold Medalists and World Champions – the team from CANADA!
I don’t have the words to describe it yet; the accomplishment has not yet fully sunk in. Personally I had three of the hardest races of my life today – my lungs are shot from all the racing, but I was still able to belt out some off key Oh Canada which is a something I won’t soon forget.
After the semi-finals we were ranked third which put us into Lane 1 for the final. What has become clear is that Lane 1 is deeper than the others and thus the boats move faster. Maybe this was some sort of karma payback from yesterday’s drum malfunction, but we’ll take it.
The way we raced the final there is no doubt in my mind that we would have won a medal from any lane, but in the back of my mind I’ll always wonder if we would win that race on a fair course. However the excitement of the moment will not be forgotten, and the chance to experience it with Catherine is very special. I hope we have the chance to experience something similar in the future – maybe we’ll get the chance to defend the title in Tampa in 2011.
I’ll probably have much more to say about this day later, but for now I’ve got to get to bed and rest up for tomorrow when the men get their chance to take on the 500m distance.