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A moment to pause and reflect

There would be no racing today at the 2001 World Mountain-bike Championships. Events for the junior and under-23 cross-country riders were postponed in keeping with the national day of mourning in honor of the victims of this past Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. Instead, riders, spectators and support personnel took time, stopped, mourned the victims and celebrated each other in the beauty of this high mountain setting. As a video displayed breathtaking vistas of this great country to background music of “America the Beautiful,” the large “family”

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The crowd at Vail shared turned their attention away from racing

The crowd at Vail shared turned their attention away from racing

Photo: Lennard Zinn

There would be no racing today at the 2001 World Mountain-bike Championships. Events for the junior and under-23 cross-country riders were postponed in keeping with the national day of mourning in honor of the victims of this past Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.

American Juniors

American Juniors

Photo: Lennard Zinn

Instead, riders, spectators and support personnel took time, stopped, mourned the victims and celebrated each other in the beauty of this high mountain setting. As a video displayed breathtaking vistas of this great country to background music of “America the Beautiful,” the large “family” gathered in the stadium in Vail at the downhill/cross-country finish demonstrated its unity by holding up hundreds of small American flags, a moment shared by teams from all over the world.

Brightly lit under a clear blue sky, Pastor Scott said that God had given us all light for this fight against darkness. “Our weapons can not be defeated,” he went on. “The only thing darkness has to combat hope is hopelessness, to fight faith, only faithlessness, and light will always win.”

Pastor Eugene Scott

Pastor Eugene Scott

Photo: Lennard Zinn

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