McKeever's dream dashed
By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency
WHISTLER, B.C. - With a lump in your throat, read Brian McKeever’s latest twitter update and feel his pain.
“Olympic dream over. Don’t think I’ve ever been so sad,” McKeever wrote.
And with that, the legally blind Canadian cross country skier will not compete in Sunday’s 50 kilometre race, ending his dream of becoming the first athlete to compete in both the Olympics and Paralympics.
McKeever was informed by Canadian coach Dave Wood that four other Canadian men will start, the maximum allowed by any country.
After some serious reflection, Wood decided that McKeever was the fifth best skier on the team and that he owed it to Alex Harvey, Devon Kershaw, George Grey and Ivan Babikov to allow them to compete.
All four have recorded top 10 finishes in the Games, though Harvey and Kershaw complained of fatigue after their most recent event.
The disappointment could have been avoided if Canadian officials were more up front with the situation early on. McKeever’s inclusion on the team received huge publicity prior to the Games and now that he won’t compete is a potential embarrassment for the Canadian team.
It also adds pressure to the four who are competing in Sunday’s race.
And that sadness McKeever is feeling? He’s not alone.