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"The Olympic Teampursuit" by Speedskating-Online

Posted on October 10, 2010 at 9:52 PM

“As a team, we focused on each one of our strengths to put together one of the strongest teams...”   


It was not until the very last day of speed skating competition at the Olympic Games in Vancouver that the Canadian men’s long track team claimed their first gold medal, after they had defeated Team USA in the Team Pursuit final, but it turned out to be an omen for another Olympic final the very next day, in which Team USA once again had to admit defeat against the Canadian Olympic team, this time in a historic hockey final. Lucas Makowsky, Mathieu Giroux, Denny Morrison and their coach Marcel Lacroix reflect on the two days of Olympic Team Pursuit competition, the much debated “secret push”, and other new Team Pursuit strategies.

By Jolanda Abbes for

The 2009/2010 season did not even start out that great for the Canadian men’s Team Pursuit team. Where the Canadian women performed outstanding at the first World Cups of the season, with two gold medals and one silver medal, the men seemed to struggle at the first Team Pursuit World Cup, in Heerenveen, in which they finished 8th. After that, results started to improve though, with a silver medal in Calgary and a bronze medal in Salt Lake City, which seemed to indicate that maybe there would be more in store for them as the season progressed.

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Categories: In the Spotlight, 2010 Vancouver Olympics

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