Posted by Editoress on 08/12/08
"Everything takes 30 minutes longer."
Dan Proulx, Canadian Cycling Team Manager, made this comment from the road while driving back to the Olympic Village after attending a Manager's Meeting for tomorrow's Time Trial.
"We had to stop and get gas, and then found out that they didn't take Visa, so two employees went with me while I went to find a bank."
Despite that minor frustration, Proulx says that so far the team's experiences have been very positive.
"Everyone is extremely helpful, but the extra protocols that the Olympics have adds to the slowdown. For example, Erinne [Willock] wanted soy milk to drink before the race, so our mission two days before the race became to find a source for soy milk. It is very organized [Ed. Note - Much more so than Athens], but there are always issues and running around."
"What we read in the media before the Games, doesn't match up on the ground; everything is better than we anticipated."
For Proulx, the position of Team Manager came late - two months before the Games - when Sean O'Donnell left the Canadian Cycling association to take a position with Sport Canada.
"It's pretty exciting, and a great honour. I had done the Pan Ams [as team manager], so this was a natural progression, and I was already planning to be here to support Catharine [Pendrel] and Alex [Wrubleski - both of whom he coaches], so it was a pretty easy step."
"My job is a mixture of everything from straight logistics - like organizing vehicles - to coordinating staff, to helping the national team coaches. It's a job that starts at 7 am and finishes at midnight; you are in constant motion."
Proulx also had a chance to fill us in on Time Trial plans, and how Wrubleski is doing after her heavy crash in the road race on Sunday.
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