Ni hao, everyone. Good morning from Beijing. It’s officially here!
08.08.08 has finally arrived and I am so excited my heart can hardly take it. I’ve been walking around with a perma-smile and butterflies in my tummy since we got in on the 4th. I feel like a little kid again and it’s wonderful!
So far China has been the ultimate host. People are friendly and helpful, the village is truly amazing (filled with amenities, good food and such a fun place to people watch), transportation has been easy and the venue is awesome. 12,000 people will be cheering us on (at least that’s what we’ll be telling ourselves!) In a huge stadium.
The sand is great, the weather is hot and all seems ready for a fantastic event.
Misty and I have been working hard since we landed. We’ve had the honor and privilege of training with/against Mike Dodd and Karch Kiraly for the past two training sessions. To put it plainly, they are AMAZING! Their skill, ball control, timing and smarts on the court are things we constantly marvel at and try to soak in through osmosis.
Their love of the game and the thrill of competition is so inspiring.
We have the ultimate team in place as we continue our preparations and journey toward the gold medal. Troy Tanner, gold medalist, Karch Kiraly, 3 time gold medalist and Mike Dodd, silver medalist–how lucky are we to have such talents and more importantly, truly wonderful people, on our side. We can’t thank them enough.
I’m off to our “technical meeting” in about 20 minutes. There they will give us the run-down of how the tournament will proceed and what we can expect. It’ll be great to be in the same room with all our competitors and to feel them out. Give them hugs, hand shakes and wish everyone good luck. We have so many friends on the FIVB tour which makes all this even more special. The Olympic Games is such a blessed experience made more so by sharing it with people we love, respect and admire.
I hope you are all wonderful at home. All my love from Beijing. Be well, enjoy the games on NBC and please send us all the good vibes and well wishes you can spare. We’d love to have ’em.