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For Immediate Release
Office of the First Lady
February 11, 2006
Mrs. Bush's Remarks in Press Availability After Attending the Men's Olympic Speed Skating Event
6:46 P.M. (Local)
MRS. BUSH: Hey, everybody, that was huge thrill. Kerri, the rest of the delegation, come on - that was just a huge thrill, we were so excited to see Chad win - Houston, he's from Houston. It was a real thrill to get to see him win.
I got a whole lesson in speed skating from Eric Heiden, who was telling me everything about it. And it was really, really exciting and fun. I did get to see Chad's parents, who were sitting right there at the finish line. I just walked over and got to congratulate them. So we give him our very, very best congratulations. And it's really thrilling to see that gold medal win.
MRS. BUSH: I don't think so. I think it's because of his real hard work and great talent, obviously.
Q Mrs. Bush, as you look back on this trip, I know you still have two events to go, what's the most memorable moment, what are you going to tell the President?
MRS. BUSH: Well, we've had so many memorable moments, getting to meet Pope Benedict, which was such a thrill, having lunch with the Prime Minister. Then we've had a terrific delegation. It's been really fun with all the delegates.
And then of course, now, this was the reason we were here, the Olympics, to be able to see a race like this and it was really, really terrific and so exciting.
Q Do you wish you could stay? (Laughter.)
MRS. BUSH: Yes.
Q So do we. (Laughter.)
Q Mrs. Bush, thank you for stopping. This week you've gotten to talk to a lot of Olympians, current and past. I wonder what you've learned this week about how they compete, how they win?
MRS. BUSH: Well, we talked about it today at lunch. I talked about it with Dorothy Hamill and Eric Heiden, about the talent that each of these Olympians have, also they have that real drive, that real self discipline. A lot of people have talent, but not everybody has that willingness to compete and that drive and hard work that the Olympians do. So it was really thrilling.
Q That sounds like running for office. (Laughter.)
MRS. BUSH: It's a lot like it, I think.
Q Was it special that Chad was from Texas?
MRS. BUSH: Yes, especially. That made it even better that he was from Houston. I met him last night when I went to speak to our Olympians. And he came up right away and introduced himself. So that makes it even better that he's a Texan.
Q Prime Minister Sharon is out of surgery. Have you been keeping up with that?
MRS. BUSH: I haven't. I mean, I don't know anything more than you all do, probably. I know that he's been, you know, still in stable or critical condition and so we're praying for him and thinking about him.
Q Now that you've seen the speed skating, do you have any predictions about the rest of Chad's efforts in Torino?
END 6:49 P.M. (Local)