In this photo Devon gives a shrug for the bitter-sweetness of 4th place at the Olympics but I am stoked! My boyfriend, Devon Kershaw, was spectacular today – playing it cool through the semifinal and final of the race and launching an attack at the perfect time on the last lap of the sprint relay today on another beautiful sunny Whistler Olympic Park Day.
Devon and his super-tight buddy Alex Harvey pulled off an incredible 4th place finish for Canada’s Best Ever Men’s Olympic Result. They skied super well. Gutsy but also calculated. It made me think that the hundreds of hours of blah blah blah about skiing and Oakley sunglasses that I have endured just being around these two peas in a pod has all been worth it and I know there’s lots more where these performances came from.
They are incredible friends on and off the trails – with Devon even sharing his best race skis with Alex only to sometimes be beaten by his own boards on the feet of his younger teammate. They can easily talk 8-10 hours straight in a day about topics ranging from direct English-French translations of their favorite expressions to how long it might take one of them to shoot a million pennies at the others’ face. The latter involved some questionable calculations but passed the time on another wait for a Euro-tunnel to open.
Devon and Alex are impressive athletes and crazy great guys and I’m extremely pumped for their race today and Wednesday’s 4 x 10km relay in which they will be joined by George Grey and Ivan Babikov in Canada’s first time as a serious medal threat in the relay. Bring it on, boys!