February 23, 2006
Nesbitt's sights set on 2010
KATHY RUMLESKI -- London Free Press

TURIN -- Now that she has experienced what it's like to win an Olympic medal and also watched Canadian teammates Cindy Klassen and Kristina Groves capture gold and silver in speed skating yesterday, Christine Nesbitt of London plans to get to the podium again in four years.

"It was inspirational. I hope in the next Olympics to be up there with them," she said.

"I was really happy because it's the first time ever that the Canadian women have gone one-two at the Olympics."

Nesbitt wrapped up her Games with a seventh-place finish in the 1,500 in one minute, 59.15 seconds. Klassen won in 1:55.27

Last Thursday, the Banting graduate joined Groves and Clara Hughes to win the speed skating team pursuit silver. Shannon Rempel and Klassen competed in the preliminary pursuit rounds and also collected silver medals.

Nesbitt finished 14th in the 1,000 on Sunday.

She has been so focused on her races, Nesbitt said she hasn't had time to think about what's she has accomplished.

"I haven't quite absorbed everything. I'm starting to understand the magnitude of the Olympics. I had to put it in the back of my mind because that doesn't make people win medals."

Last night, she planned to have dinner with her best friend -- fellow Banting grad Dale Radoja -- who lives in Nice, France.

Nesbitt used to compete in short-track speed skating, but said she's glad to be a long-tracker now.

"I couldn't handle that kind of stress," she said of the short-track competition.

Nesbitt, who lives and trains in Calgary, isn't sure when she will back in London, but said she has enjoyed receiving e-mails from her friends in the Forest City.

She plans to take correspondence courses this summer from the University of Calgary and hopes to also get in a trip to London to see her parents, Wayne and Judith Nesbitt.







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