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The winners ceremony or a glance behind the scenes

24. 02 2009 13:35:00

(Liberec, own) The moment the last ski crosses the finish line or touches the ground the state of nervousness is over both for competitors and spectators. But for the team responsible for awarding medals and trophies the biggest stress begins one hour before the winners ceremony on Medal Plaza.
 
Some athletes full of euphoria of winning become rather unpredictable beings. They easily stay behind and arrive in the last moment for the winners ceremony. This is exactly what causes the biggest trouble for organizers. Scott, a volunteer from the U.S. and I have a task of monitoring the arriving athletes– only by making a note of their arrival we can keep a track of the fact that nobody is missing. “So, is anybody missing here_” people from the Organizing Committee keep asking, often Katerina Neumannova herself. This is of great concern to everyone as all want the ceremony to be perfect.
 
So far it has been the Men´s pursuit competition on Sunday that really meant the harshest moments for the organizers before the winners ceremony.  Alexander Legkov of Russia who was the fourth on the finish line still sat in his room at the Halls of residence in Harcov only a few minutes before the start of the ceremony. Capable organizers had a car sent for him but he didn´t come in time for the beginning of the ceremony. With a slight delay he received the crystal trophy from Katerina Neumannova, President of the Organizing Committee. Moderator Leos Mares commented rather wittily on the situation: “Losing a medal in the final metres of a competition due to one´s own fall and missing the beginning of winners ceremony, well, that´s what I´d call a bad day.”
 
For the few informed who are present behind the scenes a weight drops off their minds the moment the last competitor leaves the winners podium. And the imaginary weight is replaced with a joy over a well done job. Not for long though. Only at 8 pm tonight new sets of medals will be awarded to best athletes in Ladies´ and Men´s sprint events. The rush and stress will be there all over again.
 
(Radka; transl. mc)
 

 

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