TURIN -- Ottawa's Kristina Groves showed no sign of disappointment yesterday after matching her eighth-place Olympic performance of four years earlier in the 3000m event.
"I just couldn't quite get the right rhythm," said the 29-year-old long track speed skater from the Ottawa Pacers club.
"Obviously it wasn't my very best race, but I tried as hard as I could."
Paired up against German speed skating icon Anni Friesinger in the second-last heat of the night, Groves fell behind early and was unable to catch the eventual fourth-place finisher.
"I didn't really think about her -- I knew she'd start faster than me," said Groves.
"That's the way sports go."
Buoying Groves is the fact she'll now pair up with powerhouses Clara Hughes and yesterday's bronze medallist Cindy Klassen in the inaugural Olympic Team Pursuit event in which Canada is a favourite.
The winner of four World Cup medals so far this year, Groves will also be racing in the 1,000m, 1,500m and 5,000m.
"We're just starting these Olympics, there's a lot of races to come and I'm looking forward to it," said Groves, who lives and trains in Calgary.