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 didnâ€™t cooperate, creating conditions that were outside of the northern skierâ€™s comfort zone.
Sargent told USA Todayâ€™s sports reporters in Sochi â€śItâ€™s not how Iâ€™ve been classic skiing the past couple of weeks so itâ€™s a bummer for that to happen today at the Olympicsâ€¦Thatâ€™s what makes ski racing exciting. You never know whatâ€™s going to happen.â€ť
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.
â€śIâ€™m 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€ť 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