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Behind the Gear - Opening Day

Behind the Gear - Opening Day

Author: BC Winter Games/Friday, February 26, 2016/Categories: 2016 BC Winter Games

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Being the torchbearer at the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games I was super nervous.

I was hoping I didn't mess up but then realized there was nothing to mess up on. It was such a great honour holding the torch with everyone cheering me on it was great. Walking in with my zone was even better. I had old friends and new people I never met before patting me on the back, it was great.

People were all waving and cheering. It was awesome. I felt like I had the whole town behind me.

Today was also pretty awesome!

The conditions on the course, the people — it was all great. In the morning of giant slalom, my run was great, positive and I made it over the hardest part the run with an excellent time. That was until I felt my hip touch the snow and spun out.

Since it was a combined race my second run did not count, however in five minutes i had forgotten about it and did not care.

The support and encouragement from everyone kept me going for the second run.  Overall I had a good time. but didn't have the best place.

The next two days are slalom and it is my favourite and best event.

I'm really looking forward tomorrows competition. I will need a good night sleep which will be hard with so many things going on.

Also, today my friend Isaac Athens (Thompson-Okanagan Zone 2) won gold and dad his dad is an Olympic champion.

Peter de la Mothe holds the unique distinction of not only being an athlete but a volunteer at the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games. He is an alpine skiing athlete from Penticton and is also volunteering with the Promotions Directorate as a writer and photographer.

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