Olympic Journal: Bill and Nancy Bauer
February 17, 2002
By William and Nancy Bauer
Today was the greatest for Nordic Skiing as the American
mens' 4x10 Km relay team placed 5th, their best ever. John
went out in the first leg, and because of the team's assigned
lane status, left the stadium dead last. He said later, however,
that he wasn't worried about his position.
In fact, by the time he crested the first big climb, he
had surged ahead to fourth. At one point in the race, he even
lead, a feat one of his Duluth friends would later say was
the "gutsiest move of the day".
All of the American skiers maintained the fifth place position
established by John. The final leg skier, Carl Swenson, barely
missed fourth in his sprint against Austria's best. What a
day, and you all would have loved to be here with perfect
weather, flags waving, cow bells ringing, and the Olympic
Nancy will stay here to captain the American cheering squad
for the Sprints and the 50 Km. classic. Bill will return to
Minnesota and his students.
We're having a ball!