Roswell’s Raychel wins gold in Nationals
April 8, 2014 by Mark
Roswell native Raychel Germaine has won gold at the National Luge Championships at the Lake Placid Olympic Centre, New York, beating her closest competitor by nearly a full second.
Germaine, who is a member of the Junior National Team, achieved a total run time of 3 minutes 1.127 seconds across her four runs. That beat the second-placed slider by 0.902 seconds.
The celebrations for Germaine, who finished 14th in the Youth Olympics two years ago, will remind her father of his successes. He slid for the U.S. National Team through the 1980s and into the 1990s.
Now coaching wrestling and volleyball locally, Bob Germaine explained that his daughter had been feeling tense after her training had not gone as well as hoped. Also coping with the recent passing of her mom, Mr Germaine said:
“[Raychel] said she felt tense all week, and she was obviously not her normal self. At one point she said to us, ‘I’m so tired of having to be strong.’”
Mr. Germaine said that he encouraged her to keep going, adding:
“We also reminded her that she knows this track, she needs to trust in her abilities, and she just needs to relax.”
With this advice in her ear, Raychel managed to slide her two best times in the first two runs. With the weather worsening through the weekend of March 29 – 30, her gold medal was secured.