ATHENS -- While Calgary's Kyle Shewfelt had brilliant individual success yesterday, not even the Sea of Red at Olympic Indoor Hall could push Canada's male gymnasts into the team finals. But that did nothing to wipe the smile off the face of Grant Golding.
"That's OK -- what else can I do?" asked the 23-year-old U of C gymnast of his squad's 11th-place finish. Top eight make the finals.
"I did everything I wanted to do and I was in the moment. I looked up and saw (my family). One of my greatest accomplishments this year is to be able to stay smiling at any moment."
He wasn't the only one.
Calgary teammate and friend Adam Wong was also on Cloud 9, despite the fact his first Olympic experience ended two hours after it began.
"It was by far the best experience of my life -- I loved it," said Wong, the 19-year-old product of the Mount Royal Gymnastics Club, whose father sat in the stands videotaping it all in his Flames jersey and cowboy hat.
"It was the biggest competition I've ever been in and the atmosphere was awesome. The team came out and did what we wanted to do."
The Canadian women's team, led by Calgary's Kylie Stone, tries to qualify for the final eight in the team event today.