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 – including local Barton Lady Ida Sargent.
Sargent, with her first Olympic race behind her, was hoping for a better showing Thursday. But Mother Nature didn’t cooperate, creating conditions that were outside of the northern skier’s comfort zone.
Sargent told USA Today’s sports reporters in Sochi “It’s not how I’ve been classic skiing the past couple of weeks so it’s a bummer for that to happen today at the Olympics…That’s what makes ski racing exciting. You never know what’s going to happen.”
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.
“I’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,” 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