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Church Member Places Second in Bike Championship Finals

(Bromont, Quebec) -- September 28, 2002

Teresa Hill of the Vista Stake in California won the silver medal for the USA team at the World Masters Mountain Bike Championship Finals in the downhill event.  The UCI World Championships took place at Bromont Ski Resort in Quebec Canada August 28 - September 1, 2002.  On Friday, August 30, Teresa raced in the World Championship Qualifying Race.  She then qualified to compete in the Finals that weekend. 

 

Teresa Hill, sponsored by Checkered Flag Racing, qualified for the USA team by taking first place at the NORBA National Championship Series Mountain Bike Race, in the Downhill Event, held at Big Bear, California last May.  Her son, Michael, a senior at Rancho Buena Vista High School, took 3rd place at the same race, in the downhill event in the Junior Racing Category.   “I have had a lot of fun as a parent training and racing together with Michael,” said Teresa.

Bromont, Quebec is known to have one of the Worlds toughest downhill courses.  “This was the hardest course I have ever done. I had butterflies every time I went down it,” Teresa said.  The upper section of the racecourse was mostly rock gardens on steep terrain in dark wooden sections with sharp switchback turns and vertical drop offs.  

 

When interviewed, Teresa said “I had to go through so much to just compete in this race.  There were times when I wanted to quit.  However, when I got on the podium and saw the American Flag, then I realized how it was all worth it.  I was proud to have represented my country.  I realize now that sometimes the real victory is not always about going the fastest—but finishing no matter how tough it may seem."

 

Teresa went on to say, "Bringing back a silver medal for the USA has fulfilled a dream for me.  I always have wanted to participate on an International level with other athletes.   When I got my medal, I felt that my dad, Warren Mackie, was smiling proudly for me.  He passed away last year.  He had the opportunity to go to the Olympics in pole vaulting.  Instead, he accepted the offer to bowl professionally. Years later, he regretted his decision not to participate in the Olympics.  I did not want to live my life with [similar] regrets."    One of Teresa's favorite quotes is by T.S. Eliot, who said, “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”