Premier Mixed 500m Gold Medalists and World Champions – the team from CANADA!
I donâ€™t have the words to describe it yet; the accomplishment has not yet fully sunk in.Â Personally I had three of the hardest races of my life today â€“ 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 wonâ€™t soon forget.
After the semi-finals we were ranked third which put us into Lane 1 for the final.Â What has become clear is that Lane 1 is deeper than the others and thus the boats move faster.Â Maybe this was some sort of karma payback from yesterdayâ€™s drum malfunction, but weâ€™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 Iâ€™ll always wonder if we would win that race on a fair course.Â However the excitement of the moment will not be forgotten, and the chance to experience it with Catherine is very special.Â I hope we have the chance to experience something similar in the future â€“ maybe weâ€™ll get the chance to defend the title in Tampa in 2011.
Iâ€™ll probably have much more to say about this day later, but for now Iâ€™ve got to get to bed and rest up for tomorrow when the men get their chance to take on the 500m distance.