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2010 Olympics: Squaw’s Marco Sullivan talks crashes, career

Nate Peterson
Special to the Sierra Sun

AP photoSquaw's Marco Sullivan reacts after completing the men's downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Monday.

WHISTLER, B.C. and#8212; Marco Sullivan, who grew up racing at Squaw Valley USA, crashed in the men’s downhill on Monday, a rare exception to American domination at this year’s Winter Olympics.

He answered questions about his experience, and his career, on Friday:

Sullivan: I watched their runs in the lodge, so I knew they threw down, it’s awesome. For myself, I just didn’t have it going. I was fired up and just right out of the get-go, I was off the line and whatever. It just wasn’t my day. The top six guys were all within three 10ths of a second. There was no room for error. I just didn’t have it.

Sullivan: I think we feel that way. We were all shooting for a podium, but it doesn’t always happen the way you want it. The fact that this has worked out so far as good as we’d hoped, it’s awesome. Especially to see Andrew in there. I expected Bode to be in there. But, Andrew coming out, a dark horse, that’s good to see.

Sullivan: I crashed. Not bad. Got a sore back. A little bit. But, when you’re on, and feeling fire in you, you usually aren’t going to crash. It’s like, those times, when you lose focus. My downhill run, I had a great run going at top, made a big mistake in the middle, and I kind of knew I was probably out of it and I just lost focus on this bottom jump and ended up crashing. Landed kind of on my back, got some wind underneath my tips and landed back and kind of spun out.

I’ve had three knee reconstructions. Two blown out shoulders. That stacks up on you, but to be honest, I feel great, all things considered. I got this bulging desk in my back, and that’s really the only thing that’s really acute. The rest of it, it’s kind of, you train and you overcome it.