VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Everyone else is racing for second place.
At least, that’s what it feels like when speedskater Sven Kramer enters a long-distance event.
The tireless Dutchman won world championships in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters each of the last three years. Today he’ll skate the 10,000 and try to duplicate his opening-day gold in the 5,000 to complete the same sweep at the Vancouver Olympics.
“Mentally, he is a killer,” said teammate Ireen Wust, who won gold in the women’s 1,500 Sunday. “He is unbeatable on the 5K and 10K. With every race of the streak the pressure is getting bigger, but he is always there.”
NBC plans to televise Kramer’s race today, along with the women’s figure skating short program, women’s skicross, Nordic combined and men’s giant slalom. American Bode Miller will race in the latter, trying to become the first man to win four Alpine skiing medals at a single Olympics.
“I feel good, and when I race like I have here it’s so much fun to do,” Miller said.
Also on today, the host nation will have to sweat out Canada’s elimination game with Germany in men’s hockey. CNBC will carry that matchup.