February 24, 2006
Groves would love to see a replay
PAT GRIER -- Sun Media

TURIN -- Anyone in Canada have a taped copy of Kristina Groves' silver medal-winning race on Wednesday?

Because the 29-year-old speed skater would really love to see what happened.

Twenty-four hours after her spectacular long track performance in the women's 1,500 metres, Groves said she still hasn't been able to catch a replay of it.

"I've clicked on the TV a couple of times but it's right after they've showed it," she said with a laugh after receiving her second silver medal of these Olympics on a cool, crisp night at the downtown medal plaza. "I have to get video of it somewhere."

As most Canadians know, Groves finished behind only teammate Cindy Klassen of Winnipeg in the 1,500, and both were part of Canada's team in the women's pursuit that won a silver medal a week prior.

Last night, the pair beamed as dual Canadian flags were raised into the air to the strains of the national anthem.

"Seeing two Canadian flags up there is pretty special for both of us," said Groves, who, along with Klassen, will skate the 5,000 metres tomorrow. "I was trying to remember the words (to O Canada) and not screw it up.

"It was a special moment. There were no tears. It was just a sense of joy and happiness at how I skated."

Groves said she has little recollection of the race itself. She said it was one of those moments where everything right just happens.

"I know how it felt and that was the thing I was most happy about," she said. "I skated the best that I could have skated."

Success likely won't go to her head. After her race Wednesday she said she biked back to the athletes' village on her own, soaking up her achievement.

"But at the same time," she said. "I looked at the sky and the lights and everything and the world was still the same place and I'm still the same person."

With the exception of having a little more luggage to take home.







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