Planet Interview: Slivers of Seoul
Botero's Motto: Always Ready
After the Seoul World Inline Cup Marathon in Korea, we sent a few questions to the winner, Rollerblade's Jorge Botero, by way of the team's communication administrator, Tanya Dobbin (herself a champion inline skater).
Tanya sent us Jorge's answers a few days ago.
Here they are: pithy but revealing. ... Thank you, Jorge. Thank you, Tanya. And good luck, both of you, for the rest of the season!
Robert: Would you please describe the start of the Seoul World Inline Cup?
Jorge: It was a gray day. There were crowds of people around. Many Koreans. They were cheering for us to start.
There was a lot of adrenaline, because it was the first race of the season and also because of the wet course.
Robert: What was the course like?
Jorge: The road was wide and safe -- but wet, and that made it more physically demanding.
Robert: How did the race develop?
Jorge: From the start, there were breakaways. But it was not until about 25 kilometers into the race that the main breakaway took form.
At first, it was just Franck (Cardin) and me. But then Tristan (Loy) joined us. And finally, about a kilometer later, Mathieu (Grandgirard) arrived from the main pack.
Robert: How did you prepare for the final sprint?
Jorge: This is what I always say: always ready. ... I had that in my mind and I just took the lead with 600 meters to go, and I led from that point until the end.
Robert: How did you learn to skate so well on wet roads?
Jorge: When I was a kid, I used to train with my older brother in the rain. This is what I think developed my skill on wet surfaces.
Photos of the 2005 Seoul World Inline Cup
Copyright © 2006 by Robert Burnson