Sunday, July 17, 2011

Backtracking to the Keys

Blog 3

I figured I would write about a couple of highlights from our training camp in the Keys, since I never wrote much about it..
Skyping with Misty Hyman – if you haven’t already, you need to watch Misty’s 200 meter butterfly in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Everyone expected Australian Susie O’Neill (nicknamed Madame Butterfly) to win gold, as she had been undefeated in this event for multiple years, and was also swimming in her own country. However, Hyman had the race of her life, winning the gold medal. Skyping with her was awesome, and she had some really great advice for us, including being able to “get into the zone”, being able to “flip a switch” if you happen to find yourself thinking negative thoughts, the excitement and challenge of being an underdog (and how you can thrive off of that), the importance of realizing that while talent is a gift, we must also appreciate that we’ve put in the work to get to where we are, and continuously focusing and working on the little things.
Pictionary – Athletes vs. staff. Currently, the athletes are winning by 2 points  We had some drawings that looked like they were made my kindergarteners (mine included), yet were still guessed correctly by teammates! This will definitely be continued while we’re in Shanghai..
Finally spotting a lobster on our last day in the lake!
Watching montages from 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games – we were able to watch videos that had clips and pictures from the Olympics set to music, and they were extremely inspiring. We watched these at night, but all of us were ready to go out and practice after viewing them!

Just a couple of highlights! Also, every day we’re here, we have a different Chinese word of the day – yesterday was “dog”, and today is “freestyle”. I’ve also set a goal for myself to be able to effectively use chopsticks by the end of the trip.. we’ll see how that goes..

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