Gretchen’s a champion |

Gretchen’s a champion

Dear Editor:

Gretchen Bleiler, one of our valley’s talented Olympic athletes, didn’t get to the podium, but what a champion she is! We all had high hopes our gal would bring home a medal, but this didn’t happen. After her second run and subsequent fall in the pipe, her hopes were dashed, yet she still showed the true qualities of a champion.

We all watched as Gretchen took her bad fall, got up and shrugged it off. She gave the camera a huge smile and waved to the world as if she had just completed the best run ever. She obviously was very disappointed that her 2010 Olympic experience took an undesirable path but she still showed her charm. After her defeat she was poised and handled the situation perfectly.

I have tremendous respect for what the Olympic athletes endure to be champions. They have pressure from every side. Not only do they need to perform their particular sport at an unbelievable level, but as well manage the pressure of performing to satisfy the sponsors, fans, supportive family and themselves. It can’t be easy.

So Gretchen, hold your chin up high, you are a champion in every way. We hope you give it another try in 2014! We are so proud of you and the other athletes from this amazing valley!

Laurie Gosda


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