"I was thrilled at winning the gold," said Dianne when it was all over, "but I am disappointed that my 500 was so bad. If I had only skated a fraction better I could have been third overall. I kinda blew it."
Well, not exactly. With two gold medals and a bronze, the Americans made one of their strongest overall showings in world competition. This week they should continue to do well in the world sprint championships at Inzell. And after that they can start thinking seriously about the big one—the Olympic Games next winter in Sapporo. Holum smiled her best little-girl smile when Sapporo was mentioned. "That's a whole year off," she said, "but I think we're improving, don't you?"