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  • Through the classic style, it was amazing to see all four of Canada's team in the lead pack
  • Unfortunately, he slipped and quickly fell out of contention for the gold

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      The Men’s 30k Pursuit at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics proved to be quite the surprise. This event starts out with four laps of classic and then four laps freestyle skiing.

      Through the classic style, it was amazing to see all four of Canada’s team in the lead pack. Three of them ended up in the top ten, so it was a great day for this team.

      An unusual event occurred in this pursuit with Johan Olsson of Sweden taking a lead


      at the transition. He sprinted away from the transition point, when the skiers changed their skis. Breaking away is unusual, and he led solidly for over three full laps when the suspense of whether or not he could hold on for the gold. He had some help by teammate Marcua Hellner who blocked until the final lap began.

      As is his normal operating mode, Petter Northug held back, just hanging on to the lead pack, and then began to move ...


      • forward in the critical last lap. Unfortunately, he slipped and quickly fell out of contention for the gold. Amazingly, he fought back and ended up 11th. You have to acknowledge his ability to come through at the end of a race like this.

        As they approached the stadium, it was Olsson ahead, trailed by a pack of four, all poised to try and take the gold from him. Talk about anxiety and excitement. Such hard work, such a

        toll the bodies of these athletes take on. It’s a test of stamina that I could never even pretend to match.

        Wow! What a move that Hellner made as they rounded the corner and entered the stadium. He just flew by Olsson and glided to the gold. He was a good teammate, but was able to find the strength to cross the line first. Olsson just ran out of steam, but held on for the bronze.

        This was one exciting finish.




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