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SOCHI-Temperatures at the Sochi ski course Thursday reached 54 degrees. Such warm weather turned the course into a slushy mess that made skiing slow for skiers of the Ladies Classic 10km race â including local Barton Lady Ida Sargent.
Sargent, with her first Olympic race behind her, was hoping for a better showing Thursday. But Mother Nature didnât cooperate, creating conditions that were outside of the northern skierâs comfort zone.
Sargent told USA Todayâs sports reporters in Sochi âItâs not how Iâve been classic skiing the past couple of weeks so itâs a bummer for that to happen today at the OlympicsâŠThatâs what makes ski racing exciting. You never know whatâs going to happen.â
Sargent finished in 34th with a time of 31:15.1, 2:57.3 behind the gold medal winner.
Though she was hoping for a different outcome, Sargent said she skied her best, and was happy with the outcome.
âIâm just really happy to be here and excited to be part of Team USA and we still have half the week to go and I think our team still has a lot of good races to come,â Sargent said.
But for Sargent this Olympic competition experience is over. She will enjoy the rest of the Games as a spectator routing on her team