Wednesday, February 18, 1998
Champion kept headband mementoNAGANO, Japan (CP) -- It's the story of a red headband.
Years ago, at a freestyle ski aerials meet in Calgary, winner Lloyd Langlois of Magog, Que., threw his headband into the crowd.
It was caught by Eric Bergoust of the United States, then a 13-year-old spectator who'd been bitten with freestyle fever.
Nowadays, that's Eric Bergoust, Olympic and world champion.
On Wednesday, Bergoust won the Olympic aerials gold medal with a world-record score of 255.64 points for the two-jump final.
At a World Cup event last month in Mont-Tremblant, Que., he paid tribute to Langlois as a pioneer of freestyle ski aerials.
At that time, Bergoust, his eyes full of tears, took the worn headband from his pocket and told the 35-year-old Langlois:
"I'm the one who caught it. I kept it faithfully all these years. You've been an inspiration to me and all other aerialists. I've had this headband too long. It's time to return it to its real owner."