Wednesday, December 11, 2013
By Mike Lowe firstname.lastname@example.org
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READY TO GO: Seth Wescott is just five months removed from surgery to reconstruct his left knee, but the two-time Olympic gold medalist is confident he’ll be ready to compete in the upcoming Winter Olympics.
Portland Press Herald file photo by John Patriquin
"It's about participation. It's about the spirit of the entire world taking three weeks off to celebrate the transcendent ability of sport to influence people in a positive way. It's sad to me that with all the progress we can make in the world that athletes are going to have to deal with this discrimination that should never be brought to light because it's their personal life."
Tuttle added, "It's just a negative energy that we try to not let affect us. But it's unfortunate that it's a reality, that there are still people out there who feel that way."
For now they continue to train. And for Wescott, that means total concentration on his rehab. "I'm just picking at it every day," he said. "I'm hoping when I get home from (New Zealand) that I can really start to go at it."
If Wescott isn't ready to compete in the World Cup events, he could receive a coach's discretionary spot on the team. And given that he is the only winner in the event's Olympic history, that's entirely possible. But, Wescott said, "If I'm not ready then the next generation needs to carry that torch."
He believes Tuttle is at the head of that next generation.
"He went to the team summer camp this summer and dominated every other member of the U.S. team," said Wescott. "He definitely has the riding skills, not just to make the team, but Alex could also be a medal contender this time."