As I cringe in dismay over my lack of time and inability to squeeze in regular blog postings, I realize that you just do the best you can. I have a lot of normal stuff (food, etc…) that I could catch you up on but why not race along to the more FUN stuff, right??
The opening ceremonies for the SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD SUMMER GAMES are just TWO days away!!! I found out they are televising the opening ceremonies on ESPN Saturday night so you can bet that’s what I’ll be doing – kleenex box in hand.
Alex, my youngest brother, was on the US team for the Winter Games in South Korea two years ago where he placed 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in division 1 snowshoe. He needs just one pesky medal to round out his collection and he’ll have three more chances in the Summer Games in LA.
This past weekend was a whirlwind of interviews, send-offs, and packing. Once again he’s been outfitted with a huge collection of Team USA apparel. He’s set with running clothes for life!
His co-workers planned a surprise send-off for him on his last day in the office. They made a gigantic banner, decked themselves out in red, white, and blue, and sported necklaces, waved flags, and celebrated merrily.
The WI delegation (isn’t that crazy-awesome?) convened in Madison this week to meet their travel coaches and get ready to fly to California.
Yesterday morning I was standing in line at the check-out counter in our office’s cafeteria and spotted this familiar face on the front page of the local paper!!!
It was a phenomenal article and an awesome picture to boot! I tell you – every time I see something in print or watch an interview on television… I get tears and goosebumps. It’s surreal to see your own family doing such amazing things, especially with all the things Alex has had to overcome to be the athlete he is today. <3
All the athletes arrived in San Diego Tuesday and yesterday was a day filled with celebrations. They had a huge parade for the athletes and a evening cook-out. We’re not over in Cali yet and are relying on others to post pictures and keep us up-to-date. But I found two awesome pictures on flicker yesterday.
Here’s Alex with his snowshoe coach from the 2013 Winter Games. Reunion!
Not that I was really worried about him having a fantastic time… but it’s still great to see that radiant smile!
So opening ceremonies are on ESPN Saturday night.
10,000 meter run is Sunday (7/25)
half marathon is Saturday (8/1) followed right after by the 4×400 meter relay!
My parents and brother Matt fly out tomorrow so they’ll be in the stands for the opening ceremonies. Ben and I will fly out later next week and be there for his two events on Saturday. I wish he didn’t have two events back-to-back (he doesn’t even have time to be there for the half marathon awards ceremony!) but there’s not much we can do about that.
So be prepared for a lot of Olympic news and let’s cheer on all of Team USA as they kick off the Games!!