Expectations are high for medalists Grondin and O’Dwyne in individual events.
Presented for the first time in the Olympic program, the event was very simply dominated by Grondin from beginning to end. His dazzling starters allowed him to win his first two races of the day. In the final, he was stunned after finishing 3rd, 23 hundredths of a second behind the leader, American Nick Bamgartner.
Everyone breathed a sigh of relief at the final descent. O’Dwyer fell out with Caterina Carpano of Italy. The Canadian, however, was able to stand up more quickly to win the bronze medal. Earlier, American Lindsay Jacobellis defeated Italian Michela Moyoli by 2 tenths of a second to win her second gold medal at the Beijing Games.
It was stressful because they were still filming the two athletes in front and we had no idea what was going on behind them. I stared at the screen and waited to hear more. I saw her crossing the finish line, it was insaneSaid Grondin.
You do not want his efforts (to Eliot) to be in vain and you do not want the fall to stop you. We often get out of it, so you don’t want it to slow you downO’Dine continued about getting back on track.
For her, there is no question of giving up. The Olympic medal is in danger! Whatever happens, when you get up and someone appears behind you, you should seize that opportunity, agrees the 24-year-old athlete who also competed in his second Olympic Games.
This is totally crazy descent! It was very hard to get to the first jump in the straight section of the course and I suddenly found myself under his board. I got up, I felt better and I told myself …
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