While it is really tempting to begin assigning the third Olympic team slots to a handful of athletes based on a mathmatics equation, in a World Cup race and a big money race, such as Des Moines, many things can happen to change the outcome of the team.
Pre-race illness, injury, overtraining and race day crashes are a few of the variables that make the Des Moines event interesting. There is no sure bet.
Big, big contrats to Julie Ertel for winning in Tuscaloosa and getting the second women's Olympic slot. I followed the coverage live on www.slowtwitch.com
I stand (actually sit) corrected. With Sara Groff placing third in Alabama, she has a shot at the final slot. Haskins doesn't have it sewn up. If Groff is the first USA athlete across the finish line at Des Moines, then she will have a score of "4" and will get that third Olympic slot. In my last post I made the assumption that Sara Haskins would have it sewn up with a score of "4" due to her World Rank. But, not the case. (Bad transfer of memory data from the 2004 qualification process.)
So, unless there is a crash involving Groff and Haskins at Hyvee, then one of them will get that final slot. Ah, but plenty of crashes have dashed race-winning hopes.
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