Okay maybe I’m biased, because I was cheering for Tera, but I think I have a valid point.  Nothing against Martha McCabe or Annamay Pierce… love ’em both… but Sportsnet didn’t exactly do a fair job covering this race!  Martha and Annamay both moved to Vancouver to train together and swim under breaststroke coaching guru Jozsef Nagy… so did Tera.  Before the race they did a big Sportsnet bio on Martha and Annamay… not a word was said about Tera, even though she qualified second going into finals, behind Martha and ahead of Annamay.

But like any great athlete, she let her actions speak for her.  In a race that according to Sportsnet was going to be a dual between Martha and Annamay… it did turn into a 2 swimmer race alright… but between Martha and Tera!  Tera was holding onto second with 25 meters to go… we were screaming… maybe she’ll get second and they both will go!… it was really close… and then… going as fast as she could… neck and neck with Martha, who was going as fast as she could… she found a whole other gear… with 10 meters left, she dropped Martha like a bad habit!  And finished with the second fastest 200 breast in the world this year!… a 2:24.03!  Woohoo!!!

And the conspiracy continues… I wanted to put the youtube of her 200 here… Swim Canada has all the races posted… but Tera’s isn’t available because EMI says it is a copyright violation… there must be music playing in the background… how lame is that!  😉

Oh well, we’ll make due… here’s her 100m qualifying race!  Congrats again Tera!!!




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  1. Hi Rob,
    Great post & I agree with the statements you made, however it is a blessing in disguise that Tera did not receive all the attention. It allowed her to be completely focused & the pressure was on the others. Now her big task (and her coach’s task to help her through it) is to guide her through the onslaught of media that will come her way. Tera being the centered person she is will handle it ok but she is still very new to this & anyone going to the Olympics has a lot on their shoulders. Needless to say that we are all in her corner & she will do great.

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