Both Thometz and Jansen have one last chance to make good on their efforts of the past four years—the 1,000-meter race scheduled for this week. Thometz is better at the 1,000 than at the 500, and Jansen has done well at that distance in international competition, but it is not his strongest race.
Sitting together in the stands, Schultz and Jansen's sister Jan broke down and cried as Thometz's hard luck piled up cruelly on Jansen's.
But Jansen didn't cry in public, and maybe, when you think about it, he should never shed tears. After all, the last time Jane saw her littlest brother, he was standing taller than anybody on the rink he grew up in; he was champion of the world.
Why mess with that ending?