DURHAM, N.C., JULY 21 -- It took one day of outstanding effort to get Washington, D.C., cyclist Chris Kirkpatrick into the U.S. Olympic Festival and one day of inconsistent work to leave him in third place in the omnium standings (point totals from three races: 100-kilometer road race, 50-kilometer criterium and 10-kilometer time trials).
In the first two days of festival cycling, Kirkpatrick finished second in the road race and third in the criterium to take the lead in the standings. But on the third day, he was 14th in the time trials, an all-out sprint for the rider against the clock, leaving him in third place overall.
"My best events are road racing and the criterium, where I can do distance pretty well," he said. "I think I ride a lot on speed and tactics and time trials are a lot of power and I didn't have it today."
To qualify for the expense-paid trip to North Carolina, Kirkpatrick, 18, and more than 70 other junior-level riders raced and trained at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for a month.
"The first three races out there were time trials, and I didn't do too well," he said. "In the one road race, I had a bad day, but only 15 people finished, anyway. Then, I finished ninth in the criterium and that was really good since only 13 people finished out of 60. And because of that one good day, I was way up on points. One good day got me into the Olympic Festival."
The festival record for attendance at a basketball game was broken in the second session here; 12,180 tickets were sold, breaking the previous record of 9,850.
In gymnastics, a festival record was set for tickets sold for a single performance, 20,140.
Overall, ticket sales have reached 2.35 million, within 50,000 of the festival record set in Houston.
Defenseman Brian Leetch, considered the country's best amateur hockey player, injured his knee today in the first minute of the opening game of the festival tournament in Greensboro.
The injury was diagnosed as a sprain of the medial collateral ligament and is expected to keep Leetch off the ice for four weeks. No knee cartilage appeared to be injured, Dr. Jim Andrews said.