i used to compete in doral nastar races t sstarting when i was about six years old....my first race was in monarch colorado. according to my dad i missed nearly all the gates, so imagine my surprise when a few months later a junior gold medal arrived in the mail for me in albuquerque. still not sure why, unless there were no other kids in the race, and no one noticed that i not only missed gates, i tried to avoid them.

i raced a few more times over the years, mostly in purgatory, colorado.fir i thought i might be some sort of prodigy after getting gold in my first race, but quickly realized that was not the case.

i have a question about the starting gates... i remember being really nervous and false starting a couple of times....you kicked a thin wire out of the way, it reached just below the knee... just wondering how it was attached to the clock?