Last Tuesday we had our last race of the Olympic games, the relay race. We were all looking forward to this race as a chance to represent our country, race together as a team, and hopefully improve upon our result from last year. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to carry through the good shooting from the previous week and suffered a penalty in prone. We don’t get to race head-to-head very much (even the “pursuit” races they hold in the States aren’t true pursuits, just 30-second interval start races where you shoot four stages in the order of a pursuit race, prone-prone-standing-standing) and it’s possible the heightened excitement got to me. (more…)
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Thursday was the Individual race here in Vancouver. I’d had some shaky performances on the range in shooting the previous two days, so I needed to sort that out first and foremost, as an Individual is heavily weighted toward the superior shooter. I spent a little bit of time doing SCATT laser training with my coaches on Wednesday night and used the remaining time during zero on Thursday morning to shoot a few extra clips, just to make the mechanics smooth. The day was sunny and a warm one inside our one-piece powerweb racing suits, so I was grateful it was also the one race in which we’re allowed feeds. With temperatures dropping a little lower at night during the past week, the tracks held up surprisingly well even when the sun came out. They probably became just a little slower as the snow was churned up and the top layer turned to water. At least we started in the morning instead of the after the men.