Chapter 1 Excerpt Shows
The last class on Saturday had finally ended and I was walking down the stairs when I met my father on the way up.
“ We have to hurry,” he said. “Erik got tickets for the speed skating championships!”
It was 2:15 and we had about a half hour before Erik Rinde and his son, Peder,
would pick us up...
The two-day world
championships were being held at Bislett Stadion in Oslo. The stadium
was packed by the time we got in. It seemed like a massive crowd
later years, I would learn Bislett’s capacity is around 20,000, small
for an outdoor stadium by American standards...). All Peder and I could
see were backs of people. The spectators didn’t sit. They stood.
Since we arrived just before the start, we were in the back row. The only
were going to see anything was for our fathers to hold us up or find a
way to get
We chose the latter.
We weaved our
way through the crowd of legs down the bleachers to the front row and then
made one last move. We jumped the railing and were on the ice. The temperature
was already below zero Celsius and now we were standing on the ice. From
we had been to where we were now was unbelievable. Nobody else except
coaches and officials had the view we had. From there, we watched skaters
such as Dag
Fornæs of Norway and Ard Schenk of the Netherlands, as well as
the other racers. It was quite a thrill.
When we realized it was time to go, we weaved our way back up through the stands as people helped us along the way. Our fathers were waiting to grab us...
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