Saturday, August 23, 2008

COMING TO AN END.....

The last few days here in Beijing have been pretty exciting. First, David ended up winning a bronze medal in the men's 110 hurdles final. The stadium was packed that night and it was a thrilling race for sure. I was so proud of him and all that he has accomplished and it was such a great experience to be able to share with him. I was able to take a picture of him on his victory lap with David Payne who won the silver medal.



My Bahamas teammates also won a couple medals since the last time I posted. Leevan Sands won the bronze in the men's triple jump and our men's 4 X 400m relay team won the silver last night in a really exciting race.

I've been doing a little more sightseeing as well. I got to got to Tianemen Square and The Forbidden City. That place is gigantic and my feet were killing me but it was very interesting to see this all encompassing city in all it's ancient glory.



Yesterday, me and three of my teammates went to The Great Wall of China. Now this was a sight to behold. We got up early and left the village at 7am to take the one hour drive. This wall is more than 5000 miles long. We took a cable car ride up the mountain side which by the way terrified me, and then walked down the wall path for quite some time.





Suffice to say, it was definitely a workout, but fun nontheless.

Last night, after the last event at the track, I went out to the Budweiser party until about 4am. I had a pretty good time although I'm really tired right now. The closing ceremonies are tonight and then I leave tomorrow morning bright and early to head back to LA.

This trip has been a roller coaster ride to say the least but I wouldn't trade it for anything. You learn so much about yourself and your character when you go through experiences like the ones I've had here and sharing them with friends makes them all the better. I'm gonna make sure to take some pictures tonight and give you the final run down on everything once I get back to LA tomorrow morning.

Thanks for taking this ride with me....it's sure been fun!!!

18 comments:

vickysplace1 said...

I admire athletes. I have enjoyed watching the games late at night. Even if I was tried. The Best To You. Vicky

Jewells said...

Thank you for allowing us to take this ride with you!!

Chris said...

Congratulations! You represent our country very well.

seastoofar said...

I haven't had the time to watch often, but reading this was refreshing..
a nice recap if you will.

Thank you for that :)

Yazar - Eğitimci Hakan Mengüç said...

Great! thanks

Piter said...

great recap and pictures!!
congratulations! :)

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

i saw u on TV yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Stephanie Holub said...

I think you should be proud of all you have accomplished. I have had my daughter read your recent blogs, Even thought you didn't make the finals you show such grace and greatfullness for what you have. I don't let my 13 year old daughteer read blogs unless I read them first and yours is and will remain on the ok list. You are a strong woman and girls today need more women like you to look up to. Thank you for sharing your stories. Have a safe trip home.

Steve said...

Wow, wish I had come across your blog sooner.
Very uplifting and inspiring.

Tuğba said...

çok güzel harikasınız ....:)
selamlar turkiyeden...

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Marcus LANGFORD said...

it has been a very hard-fought journey and it has definitely been grand in sharing in this experience with you jackie :-)

:::Marcus LANGFORD:::

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Shakespere said...

Interesting blog. I enjoyed reading. Thanks

craftyjuicebroker said...

What a journey... I watched the olympics any chance I could... everyday. I am recovering from my loss of sleep but it was worth it. Thank you for representing the USA and your olympic journey.

kathy repin said...

I love your blog! even though I'm not an athlete ( I'm a housewife)I enjoyed reading about your expriences during the olympics in Beijing! Keep it up.

firefly527 said...

It's great to just visit another country. I had the chance to live in Mexico for 9 months a couple years ago. It was an experience I will never forget and I am certain that you will never forget all you have seen in China.

Eb the Celeb said...

My boo David Oliver... hmmm...

I meant to send you a request before you left to pinch his left cheek for me for good luck...lol