Triathlete puts missing Games into perspective
Cleve Dheensaw, Times Colonist
Published: Saturday, June 14, 2008
The tears are done. Now there is only acceptance.
More than 40 Island athletes will march into the magnificent Bird's Nest Stadium on Aug. 8 for the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Triathlete Kirsten Sweetland won't be one of them.
The 19-year-old Stelly's Secondary grad allowed herself one night to feel sorry after it was determined that a foot injury will deny her the opportunity to compete in Beijing and delay her Olympic debut until London in 2012.
That was Wednesday, the night Sweetland received the news that an MRI revealed a stress fracture in her left heel that will keep her out of the water and off the roads for six to 18 weeks, effectively ending her dreams of Beijing.
Sweetland promised herself, that beginning next morning, she would not sink into in self-pity.
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