Friday, February 26, 2010

Ski Førterer, Kristin!

Kristin Størmer Steira, you know we love you here at NCP, so we write this post with only the best intentions.

Tomorrow is the last race of these Olympic Games: the mass-start 30k classic. This race is your last chance to get an Olympic medal for about 1,440 days, so I'm begging you, Kristin: ski faster.

Though you have a silver in the mass-start 30k classic at the Sapporo World Ski Championships (where you gave Virpi Kuitunen a good run for her gold), you also have an impressive and depressing list of fourteen fourth places. Fourteen! You've had eight on the World Cup, two at the World Championships, and four at the Olympic Games - including a wooden medal in the 30k skate at Pragelato in 2006 and the horrifying fourth in the pursuit a week ago.

Please don't add to this list, Kristin! Don't let the race come down to a sprint, or even a pack finish. If you want a medal, you have to be skiing solo by 29k - or else be ready to lunge like you've never lunged before. Ski førterer, Kristin!