Thurmond: Fueled by ‘Mama Power’

August 1, 2008

http://www.nbcolympics.com/athletes/athlete=1500/news/newsid=162948.html#thurmond+fueled+mama+power

Journey to China

August 1, 2008

frontchina.jpgThere has been a lot of bright spots in my travel to China.  While we were in California processing for 2 days I was able to see 2 of my close friends from College(University of Washington), Soozie McDonald and Monique Hollowell.   It was nice to be able to have some face to face time with friends, we don’t get hang out very often.  We got to catch up on life and share baby stories as we are all first time moms.

My training partner Kristin Heaston is from the area and I was able to meet and hang out with her family as well.  Her Mom(Marsha) cooked a great meal of tacos and strawberry shortcake.  Heaston tacos with ketchup is Kristin’s favorite meal. I met her Grandparents, Uncle & Aunt, cousins, sister, brother in law, and nephew Steven, who is adorable.

Steven who is only 2 years old.  Helped me make a Build-A-Bear for my son Theo to have while I am out of town for the Olympics.  We picked out a bear and I made some voice recordings for each of the paws, so Theo can hear my voice whenever he wants.  Then we had the bear stuffed, after the stuffing the bears heart has to be put in.  Steven was very kind to help pick out the heart and warm it up with love with for his buddy baby Theo.  At Build-A-Bear  each of the kids are encouraged to warm up a heart for each bear made there.  Then we had to take to bear to the wash station at which time, Steven was so excited to clean the bear up.  The made sure his armpits, and feet were especially clean.

After all of the travel I am finally in China and made it to training camp.    Here are a few pictures from the trip so far.

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Travel to China

August 1, 2008

I feel like I have been traveling for a week now.  My trip started out with a five and half hour flight from Atlanta to San Fransisco.  After 2 days in California I had a thirteen hour flight from San Fransisco to Beijing.  We checked into the village and stayed one night then we traveled to training camp on the coast of China.  There’s been a lot of packing and repacking and hanging out in airports so far, but it’s been fun.

The best part is I am not alone I am traveling with several of my teammates including my training partner Kristin.  We are keeping ourselves entertained.   We are finally settled here in camp and are here for a while.  The facilities here are very nice and we are being treated 1st class all the way.  Today’s weather is beautiful as well.  I was a little nervous when we arrived yesterday to cool weather and rain.  But today it’s very nice, pretty blue skies and 83 degrees.

One of the coolest thing I got to see while in California was a life like statue of John Carlos and Tommie Smith from the 1968 Olympics in Mexico.  Here are a few pictures from the trip so far.

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