Just a few minutes ago I was able to watch Ani-Matilda Serebrakian cross the finish line at the end of her run in the Slalom competition at the Winter Olympic Games. She came in at 68th place, beating Serbia, Iran, Lebanon, and China. The American favorite Lindsey Vonn did not finish.
I watched the competition on Eurovisionsports.tv on the Internet, but just barely because I couldn’t watch more than 10 seconds of video at a time before the transmission froze for an additional 10 seconds. Public Television, conforming true to its lackadaisical coverage of the Olympics, did not bother to televise the Women’s’ Slalom Race live, even thought it would have been the last opportunity for Armenian nationals to root for an athlete representing their country at the games. Instead, they showed highlights of the Men’s Curling competition.
Anyway, this post is about Ani. I was bummed out to hear that she did not finish the Grand Slalom race on Thursday but was hoping hard for the Slalom. It was sheer chance that I was able to catch her run at the very moment when the video was loading, and when I thought she had been disqualified at a moment where she actually stopped going downhill, but was indeed still standing, I was disappointed for her. Just the same, she completed her run anyway. Then seconds later the standings showed that she did in fact finish. Amazing.
Fantastic job, Ani. We’re all very proud of you!
UPDATE: As of 12:15 am (Yerevan time) the event judges ruled that Ani was disqualified. We’re still proud of you!