The lecture might go on, but 20-year-old Yolande Grimbergen is waiting. She is also a speed skater and the Dutch youth champion (under 20), but it doesn't look as if she'll be competing at Calgary. "I have overstepped my ankle, and I have something with my knee," she says plaintively, if mysteriously. Leo will do well in the Olympics, she says, because he has the great mentaliteit (the winning attitude).
In Calgary skating fans will see whether the Dutch mentaliteit can overcome the Norwegian Karlstad.