Memories from the Olympic Games

08/07/2012

With the summer games in full swing in London, I couldn’t help but reminisce about my time at the Olympic games, as they are an incomparable experience. I have competed in 4 games, and each one was distinct and special in its own way. The Barcelona games were my first and were held in my country, with my people. It was an unprecedented spectacle that rocked an entire country. Not only were they my first Olympic experience but also my first Olympic medal. The sensation was unbelievable! It wasn’t easy dealing with all the pressure, especially when an entire nation was expecting something great from me. I’m so glad that I didn’t let my country down! It was such a privilege winning 3 medals over 4 Olympic games and I can still remember the excitement as I stepped up onto the podium.

The Olympic village was beautiful and seeing all the athletes come together in one place made me feel like I was part of a city with incredible citizens. Although I have nothing but respect for my fellow athletes and competitors, I personally did not live in the village during my Olympic involvement. I preferred to distance myself from all the commotion so I would not lose focus. (Nothing was going to stop me form winning a medal for my country!)

The Opening ceremonies were a true delight, from the parade of flags, to the lighting of the Olympic flame and the amazing spectacle of fireworks! Amazing! To see so many people united over the games, together as one from countries all over the world, is truly magical. I chose to attend only one though as all these activities are a huge undertaking and can make a significant difference on your performance during the games. As an athlete sometimes you need to make sacrifices, but you have to remember that it is all in pursuit of a medal. For me, the 3 medals I won for my country were well worth it! What an amazing feeling and one I hope many athletes are experiencing as they receive their medals in London. What an amazing feeling and one I hope many athletes are experiencing as they receive their medals in London.

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