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'I've got four years to think about it'

Bad start, crash end it for Poleschuk

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IT was a moment of triumph for Ashleigh McIvor, the first queen of Olympic ski cross and now a gold medallist.

And for Winnipeg-born Danielle Poleschuk, well, her day wasn't so spectacular. After qualifying for the event with a solid single run in the morning, Poleschuk -- relatively new to the sport of ski cross -- crashed and finished 19th.

"My goal today was to get out in front," Poleschuk told Canwest News Service. "By far that was the worst start of any time on this track. It came at a bad time.

"I've got four years to think about it and start over."

Imrie looks ahead

Megan Imrie's Olympic experience ended Tuesday afternoon in Whistler on an upward swing.

Imrie, the pride of Falcon Lake, and the Canadian women's 4x6 km women's biathlon finished 15th in one of those solid performances that already has their team looking forward to the next Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in 2014.

"We are the youngest team out there and we now have a lot to reflect on and prepare for in the next four years," said Zina Kocher of Red Deer.

Imrie, 24, drew inspiration from a fellow Manitoban before her race.

"Before I arrived here, I had just read a message from Clara Hughes that she has written and posted in our Canadian Athlete Lounge and it said 'Just enjoy these moments because they will be unlike any other for the rest of your life,'" said Imrie.

"And so when I was on the start line today, I just felt so proud and so excited to be there that I just wanted to burst into a big smile."

Rounding out the Canadian side were Rosanna Crawford of Canmore and Megan Tany of Prince George.

Russia finished first in the event, followed by France and Germany.

ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 24, 2010 C4

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