Rebecca Dussault Prepares For Relay and 30K Free

FasterSkierFebruary 17, 2006

Rebecca Dussault has raced in two Olympic races so far and will start in Saturday's women's relay. We asked her about her Olympic experience.

You were the top American in the pursuit race. How did that race go for you?

This was a great feeling race if you know what I mean. I always plan to hang on the best I can in the classic portion and then reel women back in in the skate portion. I really enjoyed the conditions and the competition. I chased down a large pack for quite a while and watched as the next 10 places skied together ahead of me. Towards the end however, we all had a lot of gusto left and I only could catch a couple. My race was solid and I felt better than in any race this year. I know 48th doesn't seem great, but I raced at 99% of my current fitness level. I will have good memories of that race but look forward to the 30 km skate on the 24th.

What do you think of the trails at Pragelato Plan?

You know, I have a really good time on them. I always smile as I ski out there because it is so sunny and the trails are hard yet fast.

Many of your teammates did not go to the opening ceremonies, but you did. How was that experience?

It was an experience of a lifetime mostly because it will probably only happen once for me. I would have liked to share it with more of my teammates, but I can understand their reasons for not attending. I had a blast seeing my family hanging over the entrance tunnel railing. I waved wildly as tears formed in my eyes. It was a spectacular evening.

What are the highlights from your Olympic experience so far?

The highlights would have to be spending time at the Games as a family, the wonderful hosts at our place we've rented, sharing the story of the Torino-born Saint (Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati) I have chosen as my Olympic Patron through interviews and my website. We've also been invited by a member of the Frassati family to spend a week in Rome after the Olympics. Not to mention how sun filled every day has been.

Thanks and good luck!


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