Bike mechanic to take his spanners to Beijing
THE 2008 Beijing Olympics are special for any Aussie – but for Coffs Coast local Glen Price, they are one of the most exciting yet.
Glen, 41, will be joining Coffs Coast's own triathlon star Emma Moffatt in Beijing – not as a competitor, but as the team mechanic.
As a bicycle mechanic with Triathlon Australia for the past four years, Glen has already worked with Australia's top triathletes at many major events, including the Commonwealth Games – but he says he can't wait to get to Beijing to help our athletes win a gold medal.
“We've got a very good chance of taking home a medal – we're not the favourites, but I think that will work for us,” he said. Leaving on August 13, Glen will spend seven days in Beijing taking care of any problems that may arise with the equipment in transit and maintain and service the bikes during the games.
“The team is flying in fairly late, so we need to make sure any damage or problems that arise during transit are dealt with.
“And we generally instill confidence within the team.
“They need to know that when they grab their bike, it's ready to go.”
He said that as a mechanic, being a part of the 2008 Olympics was definitely the highlight of his career.
“It's the ultimate pressure cooker. I'm lucky that I've been working with these athletes for the past four years, so we have that familiarity. And, you get to work with the latest and greatest in bikes.”