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-- Olympics is kicking off in Vancouver 24 days but.
Is the USA ready to go for the gold joining me now is gold medal speed skater Bonnie Blair.
Who is -- most decorated Winter Olympic athlete in US history without before and -- first of all it's a pleasure and an honor to have your body thanks rob but we just want to get a break from all this political stuff.
I don't have actually brought and won your gold medals at list prices these kind of worn around the educating and -- of that it is a little harder on which you want us to go to -- Warner on the edges but.
If this -- -- from Calgary.
My first one that I won the 500 meters.
So you know they.
And -- and now winner Olympics the host country -- gets desire to design however they want to -- -- this summer games the friend is always -- saying in close company.
Host country gets what we're saying before when it's like a good -- believe should look well war ended -- a little bit more about how bad it showed that -- nice -- let other people here.
You know you know people are excited to see it -- and that makes me feel good detail what is gonna happen in Vancouver is there any any one of our athletes that has a chance of coming close to your record.
Well Apollo -- -- track.
Give him long track and -- -- -- -- yet.
That he can get there is firing is.
I've known of medals -- bomb you know it got a little ways to go to try to get five gold that he could overtake me with two medals.
Just to get amount of medals.
Your five gold were in three Olympics correct -- 8892.
And I yeah and then I I got a bronze in 88 yes.
-- do pretty well.
I yeah so no I think we've got a great slew of athletes getting ready.
Come for Vancouver and you know I mostly know more about speed skating so you've -- Apollo.
You've got jailers tell -- who's -- young an up and coming I need.
Breathing down Apollo is back I Katherine -- she's from my hometown in Champaign.
Illinois and she's been skating really well and on the -- -- yet returning gold medalists like Chad Hedrick Jennifer Rodriguez yeah.
Tucker -- been skiing really well the 500 so we've got a great group of athletes that I think.
We're those are those of the new styles skates or not this -- I had hoped that they were the skates that you had to you know -- -- don't show that camera how that works if I want you gates today I've gotta kinda staying on the -- and everybody else it's kind of like those are kind of like the scheme he's so I don't like -- -- centuries he's so what happens is when a skater pushes off.
The blade stays on the ice a lot longer giving them.
I greater -- -- time.
The records are light years still right now and one thing that folks watching don't realize -- how much you do know about the sponsors are coming but there -- some these these.
Hidden heroes that are behind a lot of the athlete athletes Goodyear's got a program.
It's focusing on these people describe some of the folks we're talking about yet -- EI it's exciting -- -- gives -- -- responds to talk about it because came here -- they get their awards so we really targeted.
All fifteen when -- sports selected somebody from each discipline.
Of -- person or people who work behind this change -- get these athletes on into the UN.
You know there's some really neat stories.
One of my favorites is Francis Bradley.
The mother of Michael Bradley is -- bond -- -- Check.
First -- five hours from Philly to Lake Placid just to go down the bomb Iran.
You know something like that where you know if he wouldn't have had that -- is mom wouldn't have been as dedicated.
To him trying to chase is going dream.
He probably wouldn't be going to Vancouver so it's those people that are behind the scenes they don't get seen they don't get -- rice and -- -- kind of stepping up to the plate and say.
You know thanks for for being a part you have I hit Nero like -- you don't.
-- could you pick one person how could I do that I'm.
-- know between my parents my Brothers and sisters coaches my hometown police department that was my sponsor.
You know probably financially if they wouldn't have been there.
I don't know if I would have been able to.
And have the financial backing to be able to go so I probably would add to single out them to.
Be my recipient you are going on by the way you're going to -- you're going to -- over.
My kids are actually -- go and I'm excited for that just so they can -- see what mom and dad did.
Bonnie Blair who was one more -- matters -- medals than any woman that's been in the Winter Olympics correct and testified gold medals thank you very much for being -- -- We're gonna have much.
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