LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Ah, the joy of experience.
When Marcus Nash of Fryeburg, Maine, woke up on New Year’s Day, he took one look at the thermometer, turned over in bed and flipped on the television.
Nash knew officials would delay the start of the men’s 10-kilometer classic cross-country race at Mount Van Hoevenberg because of the deep freeze that had settled over the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York. The overnight temperature on the top of the mountain had dipped to 27 degrees below zero.
So, while most of his rivals were braving the brutal cold to get ready for the race, Nash soaked up the warmth of his room at the Olympic Training Center and watched the Blues Brothers.
Then, he went out and spread the blues among his 54 opponents, most of whom were challenging for the Olympic team berth that went to the winner. Nash edged Patrick Weaver by 8.3 seconds, finishing in 29 minutes, 25.3 seconds for the victory.