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The Olympics in Sochi, Russia have come to a close. Unfortunately, I didn’t fare as well as I had hoped. I hooked a tip and straddled a gate about half way down my first run, ending my hopes to be decorated with medal of any color. Nevertheless, I lived my Olympic dream!
After choking down the disappointment of not finishing the biggest race of my career, the magnitude of the occasion settled in, and I realized that I had just lived the moment I had been striving for my entire life. It was an incredible and unforgettable experience. It is still hard to believe that it actually happened, that I raced in the Olympic games, among the worlds best, representing my country, family, and friends.
I want to thank all of my supporters for helping me all the way to Sochi to actually live the Olympic dream. I will never forget the moment and those who got me there. Thank you for believing in me!
Here is an interview, done by one of my many supporters, Than Acuff, from my hometown newspaper: The Crested Butte News. Thank you CB!
|Chodounsky closes out Olympics, returns to World Cup
Written by Than Acuff
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
|“It was an experience I’ll never forget”
David Chodounsky’s Olympic debut came to an abrupt end, straddling a gate on the first of two slalom runs on Saturday, February 22. Nevertheless, once the disappointment dissipated, he realized the historic moment for what it was and now returns to the World Cup ski racing circuit. As for 2018 Pyeongchang, we’ll see.
You had quality training in Germany, how was the training in Sochi?
How were your physical and mental states?
When you got to the race venue, what did you think?
What was your game plan for the slalom?
I heard the course was notoriously tough. True?
Unusual amount of nerves in the start gate?
How was the overall experience?
What now in the short term?
And finally, given that the top slalom racer is currently, I believe, 33 years old and you’re 29, does 2018 even enter your mind or are you just thinking about continuing your climb on the World Cup circuit and see what’s happening then?