Reutter basks in well-earned glory

Reutter basks in well-earned glory

US short track speedskater Katherine Reutter, a winner of silver and bronze medals in the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, made an appearance at the Bioenergy Ribose booth #310 at SuppplyExpo in Anaheim on Friday.
Reutter, 21, is a vivacious young woman with an already seemingly inexhaustible store of energy. Nevertheless, she credits her use of Ribose with giving her the sustained energy to be her best when it counted the most.
Reutter skated in the 500,m 1,000m, 1,500m and team relay events in Vancouver – a heavy racing schedule. Short track, like track and field events, requires an athlete to participate in numerous heats in a day.
“You have to give your best with two laps to go. That’s when races are won or lost,” Reutter said. “When you have the energy to give your best you give your best.”
Reutter has an aggressive style that springs from her long training in mental toughness, training that started first with her dad.
“I like to lead because I’m a good defender,” Reutter said. “Mental toughness is an edge I have over a lot of my competitors.”
It’s a good trait to have, that toughness, but Reutter knows not to let it swell into overconfidence. “It’s better to be 50 per cent underconfident than 1 percent overconfident.”

It’s better to be 50 per cent underconfident than 1 percent overconfident.

Every rink is different, everyone has to adapt.

You have to give your best with two laps to go. That’s when races are won or lost.

When you have the energy to give your best you give your best.

I like to lead because I’m a good defender.

Mental toughness is an edge I have over a lot of my competitors.

The hardest workout we do is pure jump workout.

Koreans will do whatever it takes to win – which is exactly what I’ll do.

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