Saturday, August 9, 2008


Last night was the Opening Ceremonies for the 29th Olympic Games. It was quite the experience. The day started with me going to practice at 9am. Having arrived in the village late Thursday night at around 11:30pm, I was pretty exhausted but I had to be up at 7:30am to get to the track on time. I didn’t do too much but I needed to do a shakeout to get that travel out of my legs.

I had a massage later on and then we had to be ready by 6pm to leave the village, headed for the gymnastics arena where all the athletes gathered before marching into the stadium. This is a picture of what it looked like inside that gym as we waited.

We sat there for at least 2 hours or so before we were called. They were using the Chinese alphabet and so we were team #42 in the order out of 205 teams.

We walked across over to the Bird’s Nest and then processed into the main stadium

where we were greeted by over 100,000 cheering spectators.

It was a pretty fantastic moment and I tried to take it all in as I knew that this would be the last time I would ever have this experience this. We walked around the stadium once and then gathered on the in field while all the other teams walked in. I will have to say that this might have been the hottest night EVER in Beijing. We were sweating to death!!! I mean I was so drenched underneath my blazer that at some point I had to take it off and take a seat on the infield, lol. Not a good look but with that satin lining underneath my jacket and skirt, I felt like I needed my own personal air conditioner!

I saw a lot of the more notable athletes parading in like Kobe and Lebron and Yao and Roger Federer. It’s a thought I’ve had before but on this night, in this place, we are all the same…Olympic medal hopefuls. Nothing is guaranteed. No one is given the gold medal. You have to earn it, on the day, at the designated time. But we all start here – happy, and hopeful and eager and proud.

It was a long night to be honest and by the end of the night, I was beyond tired. We made the mandatory rush to the buses to try to get back to the village and to the dining hall for some sustenance after a very long day. We didn’t get back until after midnight. I don’t know whether or not The Bahamas team was shown on the NBC coverage but I know that my cousin in Australia saw us and the Chinese coverage showed us walking in.

Now that that is over, it’s time to look to the real business at hand. I don’t start competition until the 19th but this morning it was back out to the track for a sprint workout and an ice bath.

By the way, I was walking into breakfast this morning and a guy stopped me out of the blue and asked me if I was Jackie Edwards and I was taken by surprise because I was sure that I didn’t know him. I said yes and he told me that he knew me because he reads my blog!!!! How cool is that!! Another athlete reading my blog. He is also a part of the Lenovo blogger program. I don’t remember his name but I will try to find him and look him up and add him to my blog roll.

Anyway, that’s it for now. I need to get some well deserved rest. Brooks, David and Tiffany arrive tomorrow and I look forward to seeing them.


Keith S said...

Well done...Keep up the good job! Carpe Diem! We are cheering for you on such an accomplishment. Use those obstacles as stepping stones rather than stumbling blocks. Enjoy each moment and GO COMETS :-)

Bernadette said...

Hey Jackie!

This is another one of your classmates; QC Class of 87. Congratulations on the longevity and success, you continually make us proud.


As Keith said! Go Comets (I still refuse to biggup DYER, King or nothing LOL)


Sarah said...

Hey Jackie! So glad things worked out and you made it to Beijing - it is very cool to be able to read your blog and keep up on your Olympic experience. We're rooting for you all the way (and hope to catch up by phone after you get back and settle down a bit - maybe we could even see each other this October???)! Much love,
Sarah and Duke (and baby Frankie)

Jackie Edwards said...

Keith, Bernadette and Sarah: It's so nice to know that people that I actually know are able to follow my journey through this blog. I am so glad that you guys took the time to drop me a note. Everything continues to go well and I will be sure to write an update by tomorrow. Thanks again for all your support.

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

im looking for u on tv sister

Anonymous said...

Looking great out there. I was hoping to catch you in the coverage but I forgot to change the DVR settings. Needless to say, the opening ceremony had been deleted by the time I got back from Charlotte=(

Go'on out there and do it like you know you can! I'm proud of you and rooting for you!

Mizrepresent said...

Wow that is just so great! I love hearing your side of things!

Josiah Ng said...

Hey Jackie, that little asian guy was me that stopped you outside of the cafeteria. I'll be cheering for ya!

my blog is:
sorry for all the plugs hehe

figurin said...

great blog!

Athene said...

hehe view from another side


北京 欢迎你!

shanti said...

wouawwww !! tomber sur le blog d'une sauteuse en longueur Olympique !! Alors que demain avec les enfants nous faisons les JO de notre centre d'animation et que je serais juge sur le saut en longueur, je trouve ça cooooool.
Sympathic blog, and so fun to have a look on the olympic games by this way

Beer Drinking P.O.V. Action said...

That's badass, I could only hope someone would recognize me by my blog!

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