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    Sunday, February 8, 1998

    Danney raves for openers

    By TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun
      NAGANO - It's a time you want to bottle and save to savor and remember forever.
     "It's amazing how the mind works,'' said first-time Olympian Ian Danney, finding the words for a great many other athletes, I'm sure.
     "For a moment you feel as if the whole world is on your side and nothing can stop you.
     "You're more excited than during competition but there is no sign of nervousness.
     "The fact that you're actually at the Olympics hits you like a tonne of bricks and you suddenly realize why you train so hard for years on end for these three weeks.
     "Entering the stadium was definitely an experience I'll never forget.''
     The Edmonton bobsledder gave the whole show a rave review.
     "They were brilliant,'' said Ian Danney. "The best part was actually when the athletes from all the countries were gathered in the holding area prior to entering the stadium. It gave an opportunity to meet several people from different nations and take some great photos.''
     Danney said another thing he'll remember from that wait was a negative.
     "It's hard to believe that athletes who are supposed to be so fit can complain about standing and walking for as long as we did, but rest assured, it happened frequently.''