Seth Wescott Wins Olympic Gold!

Men's figure skating had all the hype, but Men's Snowboard Cross was where all the action was on Thursday in Torino! Reigning World Champion Seth Wescott of the United States dominated in every heat until the final where he had to come from behind halfway down the exciting course--that I like to describe as snowboarding meets bobsled--to take the lead and win Gold by the narrowest of margins in what was nearly a photo finish.

Snowboard Cross is head-to-head competition with four snowboarders racing each other down the mountain over a series of jumps and turns and inclines in the tradition of BMX Bike Racing. First one that crosses the finish line wins. No time penalties, no judge interpretations, no convoluted scoring penalties. Cross the line first and you win. And that is exactly what this Maine Native did in his history making final, becoming the first ever Olympic Snowboard Cross Champion.

Perfecting his snowboarding skills by backcountry boarding in Alaska on mountains only accessible by helicopter, Wescott actually has faced down several avalanches and has lived to tell about it. As a master of Alaska snowboarding, grace under pressure is a given, and that experience serves him well in head-to-head competiton. Thursday it proved to be the winning combination for success. Congratulations Seth! We're proud of you!
In Men's Figure Skating, Johnny Weir skated an uninspired program and fell to 5th place. Meanwhile, Evan Lycasek was brilliant and moved up from 10th to 4th--had he not fallen on his triple axel in the short program Tuesday night, Evan would have won the silver medal. Matt Savoie was 7th.

4:00 am--1:30 pm: Live women's snowboardcross; men's curling match; live women's curling, USA vs. Russia; live women's hockey semifinal; bobsled two-man training runs; USA
3:00-5:30 pm: Live women's hockey semifinal; MSNBC
5:00 pm--8:00 pm: Men's curling, USA vs. Switzerland; CNBC
8:00 pm--11:30 pm: Figure Skating: Ice Dancing Compulsaries; women's snowboard cross final; Alpine skiing women's combined (downhill and slalom); skeleton men's final; ski jumping K125-large hill individual; NBC

Thanks for reading.


Jan said...

I'm totally entertained by the Olympics, as I always have been. The snowboarding finish was for the ages. But I still like skating best, hype or no.

I spent many summers in Ann Arbor going to the U of M. We might have been neighbors back then.

Thanks for kind words on my blog

February 17, 2006 4:39 PM
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February 17, 2006 7:12 PM
george said...

Good to see that xgames influence in the winter olympics and it will interesting to see when skateboarding will be part of Summer Olympics

February 18, 2006 3:31 AM
George said...

Good to see the xgames influence in the winter olympics and it will interesting to see when skateboarding will be part of Summer Olympics

February 18, 2006 3:35 AM

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