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Dinner with the Olympians

Our training group (l-r): Me, Vanessa Wilhelm, Galina Bondarchuk, Deanna Zelinka, Coach Anatoli Bondarhcuk, Megann VanderVliet, Michael Letterlough, Jennifer Joyce, Kibwe Johnson, Crystal Smith, and Justin Rodhe.

Last night I attend the Dinner with the Olympians event hosted by the Kamloops Track and Field Club.  It was a great chance for the community to hear our local Olympians speak about their experiences in Beijing.  We heard from Gary Reed (800 meters), Dylan Armstrong (shot put), Catherine Pendrel (cross-country mountain biking), and Sultana Frizell (hammer throw).  The first three all placed fourth and barely missed bringing home a medal.  Ms. Pendrel’s talk was especially interesting. It is always fun to gain some insight on how elite athletes train in other sports.  She also told one heartwarming story about how her husband sometimes would follow her in his car on her winter training rides so that she could exchange water bottles whenever the water in her water bottle froze over. The dinner was a great success for the club and raised more money for us to purchase equipment, improve our facilities, and pay our great coaching staff.
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A lackluster competition

Well, to put it succinctly, I had a disappointing competition on Saturday. When I arrived on Friday afternoon, I did a short workout to wake my legs up after the flight and had some of the best throws of my life. On Saturday, things continued to feel good, but the results did not come and I only threw 64.44 meters. I still don’t know exactly what happened, but I’m trying to put the competition behind me and look forward to the rest of the season. The complete results for the meet can be found here. On the brighter side, my training partner Jennifer Joyce threw a new personal best of 69.84 meters at a meet in the Ukraine. Sultana Frizell also threw the Olympic standard for the second time, helping her finally meet Canada’s stringent qualifying standards. Read more