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Day One at the luge track

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  February 16, 2010 08:30 AM

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On a training run on Monday, Megan Sweeney sailed past a pair of spectators who appeared more interested in capturing their own moment. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)


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Luger Megan Sweeney, of Suffield, Conn., will provide insight and commentary in occasional blog posts for Boston.com throughout the Winter Olympics.


The first two runs are done … and I’m sitting in last. I really don’t know what to say, to be honest. I can’t make excuses anymore because in reality I should have this start down.

I shouldn’t be messing things up like I am. As a competitor, it’s hard to accept my performances. I know that no matter my result, my friends and family are all there to support me, it’s just that for me personally I KNOW I can do better. I’m not saying that I should be in medal contention (because to be realistic and completely honest I never saw myself on the podium -- my sliding just isn’t of that quality yet -- but a top 15 was a very feasible goal.

Tomorrow is going to be tough because I don’t have anything to lose. I should be able to sit at the handles, pull off, and let it all out on the track. One of our coaches has many witty sayings that he always seems to pull out at just the right time to make us laugh or smile or to break that anger edge we sometimes get, and he says “Well, it has to be better because worse is impossible!”

But the thing I have to be careful of is putting too much pressure on myself to try and redeem my race.

That’s the most frustrating thing about luge -- it seems the more I try, the worse I do. The less I try, the more success comes my way. Why is that? It should be a simple equation of what you put in is what you get back, no? We will see how tomorrow goes and I’ll be sure to report back which approach was the input, and the output will be apparent …

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