Westgaard finds the going tough in biathlon
Ireland’s Thomas Westgaard described his Winter Olympic debut as one of the “most gruelling experiences” of his life.
Westgaard finished 60th in the grueling 30km biathlon event in Pyeongchang yesterday morning.
He said: “I’m extremely proud to get my Olympic debut for Ireland. It’s a big honour. I dreamed about this since I was 10 so this was a big day for me,” said the Norwegian born Irish cross-skier whose mother hails from Dunmore in Galway.
“The last 10k was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before, it was just horrendous,” he said.
“But when you are able to finish in the Olympic spirit you just have to be proud. It was really windy so it was so important to be in a group to block the wind and unfortunately I wasn’t able to be in group for the last 15km so I had to struggle.
“In that third lap I just gave it everything. I was seeing stars. It was one of the most gruelling experiences I ever had.”
Earlier Clare skier Patrick Mcmillan saw his Winter Olympics debut put on hold after winds of up to 45mph forced the organisers to postpone the men’s Downhill.
It has been rescheduled to Thursday and, as a result, the men’s Super-g – which is Mcmillan’s other event – has been moved to Friday which means he will now be racing on consecutive days.
But the Killaloe man was not perturbed, saying: “This is very normal. Skiing’s an outdoor sport and, in Downhill we often have to wait for the weather. “I’m actually happy because I’ve had three days of very good training on the course and now I can get a day’s rest.”