Top of the Morning, Jan. 10, 2018

Top of the Morning, Jan. 10, 2018

THERON SANDS was back at work Tuesday, the silver medal he won at the U.S. Olympic speedskating long-track team trials by his side.

At 53, the accountant for C-U Under Construction just missed out on becoming the one of the oldest Winter Olympians in the event's rich history. He finished second in the 10,000-meter race Thursday in Milwaukee.

How'd he celebrate?

"I high-fived my coaches on the backstretch at the end of the race, took an ice bath and enjoyed a piece of carrot cake," he said. "No real celebration yet. I think we are all taking a deep breath right now."

Sands, who said he'll frame his medal as well as his U.S. Olympic Team Trials credential to hang in his home office, has been taking it to the younger set for some time. But he didn't needle the 20-somethings in Milwaukee.

"I work to show respect to all my competitors," he said. "I know what they have had to do to get to this level, and I celebrate their successes along with my own."

His competitive career is reaching its end. Sands will call it quits in March after skating in Salt Lake City and/or Calgary.

He'll settle for watching the Winter Games on TV, "spending time with family and friends, returning to full-time employment, taking a couple of vacations, helping my best friend finish remodeling a house (and) biking around Champaign County when the weather improves," he said. Plus, "I have a rather long honey-do list to work on.

"No worries about boredom."

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