Mirela Rahneva is having a wild journey this World Cup season.
The Canadian skeleton racer has gained, been on a podium, or narrowly missed a podium in practically each race up to now.
What makes her marketing campaign really particular is that that is the Bulgarian-born Canadian athlete’s ninth 12 months on the circuit. Gone are the times of blowing away the competitors with explosive beginning energy.
So why are career-best outcomes coming to an perceivably slower athlete? Chalk one as much as expertise.
It seems what looks like an eternity, a half-second lead within the first 50 metres, can evaporate over the following minute when it is all about avoiding micro errors. Millimetres add up in a 150-kilometre per hour sprint to the end.
Skeleton is a beast of a sport — a five-second detonation from standing begin to hurling headfirst downhill. But that hyper-burst begin has to instantly give solution to calm, cool stillness. Try discover a Zen-state when your face is a millimetre away from ice, flashing previous you at Ferrari speeds.
Rahneva and Anastasia Bucsis, host of Player’s Own Voice podcast, uncover they’ve one thing in frequent: they’re each in love with their considerably fringe sports activities. Bucsis is a two-time Olympian lengthy monitor pace skater, they usually each take pleasure in the problem of persuading curious children — and particularly younger women — to present their respective sport a attempt.
As Rahneva says, Canadian children see what she does and their first response is terror.
Maybe it is a cultural factor. Some nations, like Germany and England for instance, get children on sleds at a lot youthful ages than Canada does — which makes for higher driving abilities at youthful ages. Canada tends to attend a couple of years, then give attention to sooner begins for older children.
Which brings us full circle to Rahneva, bucking these nationwide methods along with her slower-starting methods, making expert drivers in different nations sit up and take discover.
There is a transcript of this podcast for our hard-of-hearing viewers. To take heed to Rahneva, Cito Gaston, Robert Parish, Aaron Brown, Kaylyn Kyle, Kurt Browning, Bianca Farella, Summer McIntosh, Beckie Sauerbrunn or any of the friends from earlier seasons, go to CBC Listen or wherever else you get your podcasts.