In just two short hours I'll be leaving the village and heading to Opening Ceremonies!! I am so excited and the energy here around the village is just incredible.
Everyone got up early this morning to fit in some practice before the ceremony, including (of course) our team. Of course we're up early every day, so it was really no different for us! We had a short pool practice then headed to Beijing Normal University, the away-from-home home of the US team. It's basically like an Olympic Training Center that's been moved in its entirety to Beijing for the Olympics. The USOC hired top American chefs to provide meals there, and let me tell you it was so worth it! My lunch today was probably the most delicious meal I've eaten in a few months! We had another land practice after lunch with our circus school trainer, a meeting with our sports psychologist, and then headed back to the village to get ready for the ceremonies.
I can't wait to tell you all about the ceremonies, but it might have to wait until tomorrow night! We leave at 5:00 and probably won't be back till around 1 am. But I'm so sure it will be worth it to march with the best US and international athletes of 2008! I can't wait!