Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Seth Wescott, right, despite left knee reconstruction, remains hopeful of competing in another Olympics. Alex Tuttle, left, of Stratton also is preparing to step up.
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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."
They don't think the U.S. would boycott the Sochi Games as it did in 1980, boycotting the Olympics in Moscow after the Russians invaded Afghanistan.
"I think the experience from not going to Moscow the last time is something the U.S. Olympic Committee does not want to repeat," said Wescott.
For now they continue to train. And for Wescott, that means total concentration on his rehab.
If Wescott isn't ready to compete, 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 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 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."
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