MAINE SPORTS HALL OF FAME: Support common among inductees

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Posted: May 23rd, 2011 by Tom Nolette

By Gary Hawkins  

AUGUSTA -- Two-time Olympic gold medalist Seth Wescott choked back tears as he expressed his gratitude for support from Maine residents during induction ceremonies Sunday for the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.

The crowd of several hundred at the Augusta Civic Center gave the Farmington native a standing ovation at the conclusion of his acceptance speech. After assuring fans that he would pursue a third gold medal in snowboardcross at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Wescott spoke of the inspiration he got from watching Maine's Joan Benoit Samuelson win a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

"It was a very impactful thing for me," he said.

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