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Kerri Walsh: Ni Hao, everyone!

August 19, 2008

It’s Tuesday afternoon here in Beijing and it’s been an amazing day! Misty and I won our match this morning against Brazil and now we’ve made our way into the finals! Our first goal has been accomplished and now our sites are set on our second goal–the gold medal!!

Our match was great! We played pretty well, and had a great time; winning tends to be good times! Afterward, Misty and I had the chance to meet some of the members of USA Basketball who came to the venue to watch us play. Mist and I did media, signed some autographs and then were ushered into this tiny little room where the boys were hanging out. First person I saw when I walked in was my dear friend, Chris (Geeter) McGee followed by Kobe, Chris Paul, Kidd, Price and Lebron.

It was such a trip!! Just the knowledge that they would take the time to come and watch us play was AMAZING, but then to have them wait so we could meet them properly was truly insane! They all seemed like great guys; all very excited to be at the Olympics and to be doing as well as they have been doing. If the look in their eyes is any indication of how they’ll end up here in Beijing, all I have to say is WATCH OUT WORLD!! They are on a mission, as are we, and hopefully we can all accomplish our goals and make our dreams come true.

What a day! All my love, a big hug and smile from Beijing. Tonight we go to support our women’s indoor team in their match against Italy and then the preparation begins for our match v. China on the 21st. Please keep sending your love and good vibes our way. We love it, we need it and we appreciate it. It all helps!
Always,
Kerri

Kerri Walsh: And we’re off …

August 11, 2008

Ni hao, everyone. A lot of wonderful stuff has happened since I last wrote home. Let’s go down the list …

First off, the Opening Ceremonies were pretty special. The highlight was getting the chance to hang out with the entire US delegation prior to walking into the stadium and meeting the President, his daughter Barbara (who is super cute!), wife, brother, sister, father and a few of his friends. President Bush gave a little pep talk to the US athletes then took the time to shake hands with every Olympian who chose to walk in the Opening, and also took pictures with every team.
He is a special man who cares deeply about his country and certainly made us all feel so special and proud to be from the USA.

Misty and I then had our “official” start to the Olympics on August 10th. It was a rainy morning in Beijing which was nice in one way because it definitely cooled the temperature a bit, but on the other hand, center court was like a steam bath. It’s really fun playing in these conditions because every day is a little different and it makes me feel like a warrior taking on the elements and the world–good stuff!

We played Japan in our first match, who is a great serving team, very scrappy and pretty tiny. Aside from a few unforced errors on my part, it was a very successful match and so so nice to get our first win under our belt. I’m not sure which took my breath away more, the steamy conditions or the constriction in my chest and tummy because of nerves?! Whatever the case, the excitement of the Olympic Games and the pride we feel when we step onto center court representing our country and all of you back home is pretty special.

Misty and I have the highest of hopes for our Olympic tournament and a lot of grand plans which have been laid in gold. The 2nd step in our journey takes place on the morning of August 12th when we take on a great team from Cuba. We are prepared, we are excited and we are ready to take center court and play great great volleyball. I hope you get the chance to watch and cheer us on.
Lots of love from Beijing.

Always,
Kerri

Kerri Walsh: Ni hao!

August 9, 2008

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.

Always,
Kerri