Friday, July 25, 2008

Rick Sloan & Diana Pickler chat online...

On Friday morning, Rick Sloan, the head coach at Washington State, and Olympian Diana Pickler held an online chat at wsucougars.com.

This is what I asked:

Paul (Seattle): Two part question--the first for Diana: Was this part of the plan to skip meets going into the Olympics (notice there's a meet in London where they're doing a quadrathlon) Second part is for coach Sloan--has Ebba Jungmark been selected for Sweden's team based on her mark from last year & from this indoor season?

Diana Pickler: Paul, impressive stuff knowing about the quadrathlon! There was a good rest period before and following the Olympic Trials, both emotionally and physically, and we felt it was more important to re-establish a training base prior to the Olympic Games. If I am well-prepared in my training, I have always competed well. The London meet was just going to be too close for when I had to leave for Beijing.

Rick Sloan: With regard to Ebba, as of today, I've still have not heard. But it doesn't appear likely that she will be selected.

They will report to Dalian on August 2nd, go to Beijing for the opening ceremonies, then stay in the Chinese capital and train until the start of the competition on August 15th at 9 am.

Here's the link to the full transcript on the WSU website...

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