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Terdiman ready to race for gold

February 12. 2014 8:01AM
By John Medeiros

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He’s reached the pinnacle of his sport. And today, he will try to conquer the world.

Berwick’s Jayson Terdiman is ready to race for the podium, competing today in doubles luge with veteran partner Christian Niccum at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The event is slated to begin at 9:15 a.m., with his second heat slated for 10:45.

Teridman already has a number of great memories from just the first few days of events in Russia. You can sense the excitement, the exhilaration of being on the ground at sport’s biggest stage.

“The Games are on! It’s the end of the first official day of the 22nd Winter Olympics! I’m enjoying the company of some other Team USA athletes in the common area, watching the Women’s Moguls medal round,” Terdiman wrote in a dispatch Saturday. “Cheering on the U.S. women, hoping for the second gold medal performance for the red, white and blue.”

While winning gold is the ultimate accomplishment for any athlete, they first have the opening ceremony. The pageantry and spectacle is unique, not just to the sporting world, but anywhere. It is a mix of concert, stage show and parade, all on a scale well beyond the everyday.

“I got to take part in one of the most incredible events I could have ever imagined,” Terdiman wrote. “Of course, I’m talking about Opening Ceremony. Dawning the outfit designed by Ralph Lauren with about 200 other pumped up athletes and chanting ‘USA! USA! USA!’ was an unbelievable experience. Walking into the venue as Team USA with all the cheering fans was insane!

“It is something I will forever have locked in my memory bank.”

Since the ceremony, Terdiman has enjoyed time in the athlete’s village and cheered on teammates who have been on the luge track. He and Niccum also started their final preparations for their event Wednesday.

“(Saturday) was the first day of training for doubles and sliding went well,” Terdiman wrote. “Tomorrow starts our official training, which means only six runs left before race day. Needless to say each run is precious; we need to stay completely focused on every one. Really looking forward to racing on Wednesday! Bring on the competition!”

Editor’s note: Jayson Terdiman’s dispatches from Sochi will appear throughout the Olympics. Technical issues kept this installment from appearing as scheduled.

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