Friday, August 15, 2008

One week out

Hello all. I am one week away from competing. How exciting. It's been a fun journey so far. We have begun tapering off in our practices so that we are fresh and ready for competition day. We have been having morning workouts from 9 to 11 at Beijing Normal. After practice, we grab a bite to eat, take a nap, or play rock band in the athlete lounge! I'm the singer. Chris Martinez, my training partner, is usually the drummer, Charlotte (Craig) is a guitar player and so is Jean. Our second practice is usually from 3 to 5 p.m. After dinner, we usually head back to the village and sleep! The village is awesome. So many different people with the same goals from all around the world! It is fun to be a part of it all.

During our Thursday morning workout we were joined by Tiki Barber and Julie Foudy doing stories for NBC and they were both featuring my brothers and I. Tiki was working on a follow-up to his Today Show piece that he filmed with us in Houston a couple months back. This piece will run on NBC Nightly News, so look for it around the 20th. Then Julie Foudy, who was on the soccer national team and Olympic team, came out to talk to us about our love of soccer and more about our family story. We kicked the ball around with her and it was a lot of fun. Both of them are really down to earth people and we connected well with them. That piece will be part of NBC’s Olympic Zone, which airs prior to NBC primetime and will probably come out around the 20th.

Thursday night we got four tickets from the Hilton Family of Hotels for the men’s basketball game. It was USA basketball vs Greece!! We had a great time even though the game wasn’t all that close. So thanks Hilton for hooking us up with that since we have become good friends with the basketball guys.

My friend Maria got in on Thursday night, so I plan to spend some time with her and my parents on Friday. We have a trip planned to the Great Wall on Saturday, so if I am feeling up to it I will probably go. I will keep you posted.

Until next time,


Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say thank you for representing our country and showing the world what a great country we actually are. My heart fills with so much pride only once every two years and thats when the olympics take place. You and all the other athletes should be sooo proud to be where you are and know that we are all proud of you back home in the USA!!!! Good luck and we are proud of you no matter where you place because you are still a winner no matter what!!! Thanx Again!

Sarcasticbear said...

Congratulations on your Olympic Bronze medal Diana!