As I watched the fireworks burst into the night sky last night above Olympic Stadium I reflected back on my journey there and the last 16 days. I left for Russia on Valentines day to watch and support my boyfriend of two years. On his first full season of the World Cup he had a blazing year powered by a stellar crew. They finished 4th overall in 4man and were competitive all the way through.
I was ecstatic and tense. I knew going into it Chris has high expectations for himself. It was a type of pressure he felt he had earned over the course of the past season. He was driving well, in peak physical form, and had moved into Canada 1.
Now the Sochi Olympic bobsleigh track is a tricky one. It is the longest refrigerated track in the world and had three tough uphill sections. If you go into those sections without the right velocity or making a mistake turning into the corner, it can be disastrous for a pilot's medal chances.
Unfortunately, Chris faced the toughest uphill sections before he ever jumped into that sled. I can't explain nor justify the decisions that were made but what I can say is that despite it all, the boys rose to the occasion and competed like champions.
For now, that is all I can really say without becoming too overwhelmed with waves of emotion that transition through frustration, disappointment and anger. I will write a full re-cap of my times here in a couple days as everything becomes absorbed.
Erica Wiebe is a Canadian freestyle wrestler and Bachelor of Arts student at the University of Calgary. Her passion for wrestling and writing combine in the words of this blog, sprinkled with a strong opinion on certain matters and a hint of feminist thrown in for good measure.