Friday, February 8, 2008

Yes another News Item: Good omens buoy Whitfield before world championships

Good omens buoy Whitfield before world championships
Gary Kingston, Canwest News Service
Published: Monday, February 04, 2008

VANCOUVER- Simon Whitfield is a pretty superstitious guy, so when the Olympic triathlete from Victoria was handed a new licence plate for the Honda he purchased last November, he was ecstatic. Good omens don't come any clearer.
The plate reads 001-FPL or, as Whitfield deciphers it, first place.
That's exactly where the 32-year-old is aiming to be at least twice this year - at the 2008 International Triathlon Union world championships in Vancouver in June and at the Beijing Olympics in August.
"It was the greatest thing ever, I was so happy with that," an excited Whitfield said Monday of a plate. "001-FPL, first place. (The insurance guy)hands me it and says 'this one OK?' I'm like 'No way!'
"I asked him if they'd send one to Spain (home of 2007 overall World Cup leader Javier Gomez) that said fifth place," added a laughing Whitfield. "I was pretty stoked. I'm superstitious just like anyone else. You look for signs that things are rolling in the right direction."

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