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August 15, 2008

Olympics Insider blog: Preparing to make the perfect shot

Thursday, Aug. 14



Hey there,

I realized the other day that maybe going briefly through what competition day is like for me might be a little entertaining.

First off, though, here’s a quick update on how things are going at the moment here as we get down to the wire in the training camp and get ready to go back to Beijing on Saturday.

The authorities here in Singapore are a little more stringent on the use of our equipment, so most of it was confiscated at the airport and taken to a secure place. I am very uncomfortable with this because I am very possessive of my things and having them under someone else’s control is not the most comfortable thing for me, but I have absolutely no say at all.

It makes me grateful to live in the U.S. though, that’s for sure.

We have had an average of three practices a day while we are here so the schedule is not nearly as packed as the normal days back home. All this extra time is actually a bit of a problem because boredom leads to too much thought about how things will go in the competition.

So I have been looking for absolutely anything to keep me occupied. We spent the last evening out and about for a few hours and saw some old buildings and such (I’m being intentionally vague here).

They also have a balloon that is cabled to the ground but can get up to 150 meters high, so we all decided to go for it. I love heights and was having a great time, but some others on the team were not so thrilled.

Me being me, I decided to torture them somewhat by jumping around and trying to shake the whole thing – which in hindsight may have been mean, but I never think too far ahead.

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