Getting Closer to London 2012!
There’s only one more day until we leave, 3 days until Opening Ceremonies and 11 days until I compete. With growing anticipation and increasing media attention surrounding the Games, you can really feel the momentum building.
I can see the excitement in others. For example at the Toronto Athletic Club, the gym I work out at, and Health Movement, the pilates studio I go to, so many of the members have come up to me to wish me luck and to ask about the experience with huge grins on their faces. I often get asked three things: “When do you leave?”, “Are you excited?” and “Are you nervous?” My teammate Jason Burnett and I joked about making shirts saying, “We leave on the 25th, yes we are nervous (but good nervous) and YES we are excited!”. There is no doubt in my mind that we have the support of everyone around us and for that, I am thankful.
The other question I get asked is about how I’m preparing in my last week leading up to the Olympic Games: what are you doing now that it’s so close?
This close to the Olympics, you don’t make big changes. It’s about polishing the little details and ensuring you are doing everything so that when we get to London, we are fresh and ready to go.
Physically, my coach, Dave, has us doing somewhat shorter but more intense practices focusing on quality so that we can squeeze out every tenth. Working out is similar, ensuring I can use every last bit of power that I have worked to gain interspersed with what my trainer James and I like to call “active recovery”, better known to others as awkward dancing. In pilates, Fanny works to make sure that my muscles are balanced. Our osteopath, Catherine, is working really hard to ensure that our bodies are in peak form. These people have all been there the entire way helping me be ready for the moment that I step onto the trampoline in London.
As I’ve said before, there is no athlete that has reached the Olympics on their own. The athlete is the one that competes but there is an entire team of people that work with them and support them on their way. I wanted to take a moment to really thank everyone who has helped me along the way.
First, my family for EVERYTHING they have done – for being my biggest supporters and facilitating all my endeavors. My coach Dave and my teammates who are like a second family on this journey, my trainer James for making me strong, Catherine, Steve and Sam who fix me up, Fanny who makes sure my core is strong and my muscles are balanced.
I owe a huge thank you to Springfree Trampoline for supporting me and my teammates continuously through this journey in more ways than I can name; they have become a huge part of our lives and it has been amazing working with them. Also, Own the Podium and CAN Fund for being rocks in the sporting community supporting all athletes in achieving their dreams.
Opening Ceremonies is this Friday! Do you believe?