The following is an attempt at just copying our local SONC newslsetter, with a wonderfull article on Ms. Gillian as: Sprinter turns distance runner..! the article is based on yesterdays races, which were time trials.
Gillian ran her 400 today, started out trailing, as the strategy of our amazing coach Bernie intended. And at the last turn, again, turned on the gas, and railed on in to second place. 1:16 was her time.
Tomorrow is an intense day for all athletes. Gillian does her 4x100 relay first, then her 800, and ends the day with the 1500. That will be the end of competition, pending weather.
Special Olympics Team NC Newsletter
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Special Olympics Team NC, including 50 athletes and 14 coaches, will represent the Tar Heel State at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Nebraska July 18-23. Team North Carolina will compete in eight sports: aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, golf, powerlifting and tennis. This daily e-newsletter will provide feature stories, photos and results on team members throughout the competition. For more information about Team NC visit the Special Olympics NC Web site or call 800-843-6276.
Going the Distance
Gillian Fink, Ryan Baker and Bernard PrabuckiTeam NC athletics coach Bernie Prabucki, never one for a loss of words, was speechless and tears filled his eyes as he hugged Gillian Fink and Ryan Baker after watching both runners come from behind to win their preliminary 800m races.
"It's just so emotional," Prabucki said fighting to find the words. "You work so hard with these athletes and then to see that type of finish, that's the payback! And what is so amazing is both Gillian and Ryan are sprinters! And this is the first time they've ever competed at these distances!"
"Gillian Fink runningI got first, I got first," yelled an excited Fink. "I just passed that girl on the inside and took off." She won by more than 50m turning on the jets down the final straightaway.
The key to success for both these sprinters was to learn to pace themselves. Prabucki trained alongside both of them, teaching them a slow, medium and fast speed and when to use each speed during the races.
"It's not easy to do since their natural tendency is to take off -boom... like a shot when that gun goes off," said Prabucki. "But we've got a strategy in place. We're still tweaking Gillian's mile pace but at the middle distance, she's got it. It's amazing to watch. " Fink had a full day at the track; in a span of three hours, she competed in the 1500m, the 4 x 100m relay and the 800m race.
Ryan Baker RunningBecoming a distance runner for National Games has been an adjustment, but one she's glad she made. "It's been fun," said a winded but elated Fink. "I think the long distance is easier because I can pace myself but it's harder too because I have to work through the pain of going slow. All the races in a row, is hard but I'm not going to be tired because I'm going to go for the gold!"
Fink and Baker are both "on pace" to bring home several gold medals if they continue to perform like they have in the preliminary rounds!
Are You Ready for Some Flag Football? Team NC is!
Cody Smith Flag FootballSeven Team NC athletes took part in a flag football clinic and learned about the sport gaining popularity in Special Olympics. Former NFL players Matt Blair, John Turner, Tony Covington, and Joey Browner helped teach some of the basic skills. The athletes got quite a workout catching, throwing and running. They had a great time! Several Team NC coaches got excited by what they saw and are fired up to bring the game to their local programs. Don't be surprised to see this sport catch on quickly in the coming months/years.
And The Results Are...
Team NC-Bocce celebrates a bronze medal win!
Bocce Team medals
Team NC Tuesday Results:
Anthony Hammonds, Georgia Stamey, Felicia Jennings, Tony Cardwell - Bronze Medal
Charles Quick: Squat - Silver Medal,
Charles Quick: Bench - Silver Medal
Charles Quick: Deadlift - Gold Medal
Charles Quick: Combined - Silver Medal
Dianne Jordan - Gold Medal
Diane Bryant - Bronze Medal
Jennifer Wardlow - 4th Place Ribbon
Crystal Emmons - Bronze Medal
See Team NC in Action!
Scott Clark is overjoyed at a first place finish in the 50-yard butterfly!
Scott Clark in water
Bobby Vance and Doug Bayliff are hard at work on the golf course!
Doug Bayliff and Bobby Vance high five
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Powerlifter Charles Quick of Durham won the first Team NC gold medal of the Games with a Deadlift of 270.1 lbs. He also won three silver medals in the squat, bench and combined events. He was a crowd favorite at the Powerlifting venue and everywhere he went the rest of the day people stopped to meet him and get his photo. Video of Charles receiving his gold medal will be a lasting highlight of the Games. In his own words he explains how he felt!
It feels so good! When I stood on the stand to get my gold medal, I started feeling really good about myself and really proud. I waved to the crowd and then when I got the medal I just broke out dancing like MC Hammer! The crowd went totally wild! Totally wild! I loved it! I love my fans and they love me! It was so cool! I'm so grateful to be in Nebraska. I'm here because of all my coaches and my family who inspired me. I did this for myself, my family, my friends, my fans and people all over the world!
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