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Inline Speed Skaters in Belgium
An Interview with Britta Vantournout
Part 3 of 3
More of this interview: Part 1 - Part 2

Britta
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BRITTA VANTOURNHOUT - PART 3
In the last part of this December 2002 interview with Brittan Vantournhout of Belgium she talks about skating the 2002 Rome Marathon and finishing in 1st place.


Britta at the Rome Marathon

Kathie Fry: When I learned that you finished in first place at the 2002 Rome Marathon I sent email to everyone I know! Can you tell us about that race?

Britta Vantournhout: When I first saw the Rome Marathon circuit - before the race started - I thought "oh my god, this is crazy" because a lot of the skating surface was cobblestones. But after we finished the first lap, I started feeling more and more comfortable. It was a difficult race because we were on cobblestones more than half of the time.

I was very excited about skating in this marathon, because I had never been in Rome before. This was the last Grand Prix event of the World Roller Cup and the race was being held on the 13th (my lucky number). Actually I was a bit frustrated because I had trained a whole season for the world championships on my hometown track and then, right before the worlds, I fell and bruised my ribs and broke my hand. I had an operation to put pins in my hand one week before the world championships. the worlds. So, instead of training, I had a relative rest-period before the worlds, so I guess I was in my top skating condition after the world championships.

At the Rome Marathon the pace was not very fast. I stayed at the back of the pack or in between the other Team Bont members because the group was pretty small and I didn't feel comfortable racing in the pack with a plaster cast on my arm.

During the last lap I moved forward, and in the last straight way I still felt great, so I decided to try to get in the front. I knew it was still too early, so I waited a bit and then I started to sprint. In the corner of my right eye I saw Jessica Smith coming and the only thing I thought about was how badly I wanted to do well in that race. When I crossed the finish line, I could not believe it! And so many people who came to say congratulations... it was awesome!

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