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This is an ABC podcast. I think one of the most fun things about the Olympics. Is that every four years you got to watch the sport. That's really exciting. And looks amazing. Even though you might not really know anything about it. The events at the Winter Olympics elect that astray Leah for obvious reasons doesn't really have a huge culture around winter sports like Canada or Russia or the United States, which is why we don't have such a big middle telly compared to the summer of ints. This goes, someway, I think to explain the massive incredulously in strata when Steven Bradbury won the gold medal for the men's speed skating in two thousand and two in Salt Lake City, and you've probably seen the video Stephen maintaining a careful distance at the back of the pack and then on the final lap one competitive slips, and then suddenly all the other competitors all of them crash into each other. And they go spinning across the ice and Steven just sort of effortlessly glides poss- them across the finishing line to win gold. And this is the kind of victory that naturally appeals to a straightens. And so doing. Bredbury has entered the language to represents the idea of seemingly if at Louis fluky victory. But there is one big unanswered question with all this. If this was also effortless had it Steven Bradbury make it to the men's final of this elite sport in the first place. How much struggle went into putting him among the world's fastest speed skaters today. You'll actually get to hear that back story and understand just how much will it went into getting Stephen onto the starting line of that rice in two thousand to help Stephen alleged think having me we're vested you grow up. I'll your up in western Sydney suburb called LeMay said past Campbelltown vice to Campbelltown and hail used to spend a lot of time in the in the car with mom driving me into a Cantabria black down offerings as a youngster. This is like a Bush suburb back then when you were growing up there. I wouldn't say Bush. It's not like it is out that way Wisden CD now, which is basically built all the way to happen. Although to the Blue Mountains and every other direction Sydney's pretty much full node is isn't it? So it was at a fairly was fitted of freedom in childhood out in the out of Sydney, then it was it was a great place to grow up our member brought him my black on the straight with no hands on the handle BAAs now helmet. When I was seven years all the streets were quiet, and my brother, and basically to Roman do whatever we is. When did you first strip on a pair of skates? I'll I tripped on a pair of speed skates. When I was eight years old, which is the the long version, the long spades guiding light what's the difference between speed skating bites and the ones that are. Series was putting on there's a lot of differences, but the mind differences, the width of the blight, the space guy is a lot thinner and the length of the blight. It's a lot longer. So started spades Gatting at eight prior to that my dad, I put me on a pair of skates when all bad threes old over. Mom and dad mom's everyone the Fatemi ball. Mas at one all three first month's guides. I didn't Scott again for bet threes after that cause trauma to us. It is terrifying. Even I I think think. I was thirteen or something like that. And it is a little scary. Imagine you fingers are gonna get chopped off. And you see the ice that's hard. And you fall in your bomb. Hertzel wit all of that stuff. So so you put the Scots on at three. And that was so what you wanna do it in front of the threes up to that correct air. And then you know, I was watching my dad's Scott he was the national champion in a Stryer spades. Getting a couple of towns back in the mid sixties and a spas in some ways. Unfortunately, being that was as far as the sport went. There was no whoa championships that wasn't in the Olympics and for him. It was more of a regular hobby rather than a echo trying to see if I can be the best in the world. But dad was very good in his Diane. I wanted to share something that he was doing..