Saturday, February 03, 2007

4-man World Championships Day 1

I’m doing this a little different today. I’m posting this blog entry via e-mail so if it looks strange, or has some weird formatting I’m sorry. I guess I should have tested it first. EH, who cares.

Anyway, day 1 is over. My team is sitting in 3rd place .2s out of 1st. As for me, I am sitting in my room with a cast on my hand. Well, a plastic splint like thingy. I managed to damage my left thumb getting into the sled on the second run. Not sure what exactly happened, well, I know what happened, I don’t know why though. The push bar collapsed as I was loading into the sled and it smashed my thumb pretty hard. I’m tough so it didn’t bother me one bit. Actually, that’s a lie. It was excruciating. Of course, after it happened I couldn’t look down and see if it was ok, I was still in command of a 1300lb. ice rocket that was home to 3 other souls for the next 65 seconds. (65.18 to be exact). To make matters worse, St. Moritz starts with a 300m straightaway, and I managed to use every last inch of that straight to think about how mangled my thumb was; and as everybody knows, your imagination always runs wild. I was totally convinced that the bone was sticking out and that I was going to bleed to death before I made it to the bottom. Obviously I didn’t. Turns out it’s probably not broken however the doc says I tore a ligament. Guess I’m just going to have to kick your ass with one hand!

Seriously, I think were sitting in a great position, even after the mayhem. Had we had a clean 2nd run and moved into first there would be a lot of stress overnight. Luckily I left that stress to the Germans. However, I don’t think it’s going to affect him very much; being that he’s won the last 4 World Championships and double gold at the Olympics. He’s a tough SOB.

So, that was my day. How was yours?


Ben said...


Good Luck tomorrow! Like you said, kick their asses with one arm...and bring it home for the US! You have had a great run bud, so keep it up. Also, what you said about Brian was very admirable- he had an incredible spirit and will truly be missed. Fight through the pain and kick some ass...for Captain Freeman!


Ps- my favorite photo is still "Team Holcomb at its best"! That sure was a good riding position ;-)

Good luck brotha!

Patricia said...

Go get em' today in Cesana!!

Nothing like being a One Thumb-Wonder.

Gosh I'm going to bed and you are about to get up!


Anonymous said...

i wish you the best of luck!
(i am one of patricia's friends--she deserves much credit for getting people to root you guys on)

What results should our funding be based on?

Who is the US Bobsled Team?

During the season Bobsledders and Skeleton-ers are paid for the races that take place each weekend. Skeleton athletes get paid $1000 for their 1 race. Since bobsledders race twice in a weekend should they be paid twice?

How much equipment should be given to the #1 team