KEARNS, Utah - from Wire Reports
Houston native Jonathan Garcia did not come in first, but he drew applause from everyone in attendance at the 1,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic speedskating trials on Sunday.
A day after he was disqualified in the 500 meters for not wearing his timing transponders, Garcia came back to finish fourth in the 1,000 at 1:07.96, good enough again to claim the first Olympic berth of his career.
A lot has happened since my last newsletter. The 2014 racing season got underway at the end of October. Heading into my first competition of the season, the US National World Cup qualifier, I was a little nervous about how I would perform. This was the first time I had competed since last March and leading up to the race, I had not been skating very well.
The beginning of a racing season has always been a tough transition for me because I train very hard for 6 months, building a foundation for the entire season, and at the end of September or the beginning of October, I have to make a change in my training program to more race-specific training instead of large-volume base training. It always takes my body a while to switch gears, sometimes a few weeks or even a couple of months. Luckily, this year my skating improved just in time for the first day of the US trials. I am happy to report that I qualified for the US Team and will race in the 500m at the first four World Cups this season.
World Cup I will be in Calgary, Canada, and the very next week I will compete in World Cup II in Salt Lake City. My team will then have 2 weeks to train and correct any mistakes made during the first two World Cups. World Cup III will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan, on November 29. The very next weekend we head to Berlin, Germany, for the last World Cup of the season. I will keep you updated on my World Cup results.
As always, thank you for all your support.Jonathan Garcia
Editor's note Jonathan started a fundrainsing effort to help get him to his goal of competing in Sochi. Check it out at GoFundMe