I was there when Nick won the bronze.
i was there sitting… standing with kiwis cheering him on… and gave him five as he made his victory lap.
i saw the torch… and got a ton of pictures.
i was in the bird’s nest
i saw Bolt at a distance… and he was still huge.
i was there when the stadium went eerily quiet as the nation’s top hope hobbled off the field.
Yes, i was at the Beijing Olympics!
Some people said i was crazy. i thought they were crazy.
“Why would you want to go there then?” they would say.
Why wouldn’t you? i thought
So many people were saying that, i almost began to believe it myself…
but then, after my experience, i am SO GLAD i went.
And it wasn’t as crazy as people thought it would be. It was less hectic than usual even. The weather was nice, and it hardly cost me anything. The subways were free and easy to use, and the food was great.
but more so i had fun being with friends. i hung out with Craig a bunch, i got to see Tony a bit, went to a basketball game with Kristin & April… and even saw a friend compete.
Nick ran for New Zealand. He studied at U of M.
It was the last event of the night. the 1500.
Coming around the turn he was in 7th or so. And then he started sprinting those last 200 meters.
It was a mad dash. #1 &2 were pretty clear… who would get bronze?…. It was Nick! by .05 seconds!
We also had fun going to McDonalds and watching the China vs Germany game with the Chinese. April & i led them in a cheer. There had to be 200+ people crowded in this tiny room cheering loudly with every missed German shot that got louder when China rebounded and even louder when China made shot. There was even one guy with a huge flag waving it around! It was close down the stretch, so it was super exciting.
The Olympics rocked. Maybe i’ll go again in 2016 in Chicago…
One World, One Dream!