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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Almost home

At the completion of all of my events Chantelle found that walking was no longer an adequate way of getting around the village so she bought two of the dodgy fold up bikes that some Chinese guys were peddling (no pun intended here). Mine lasted long enough for the Chinese guys to take their profit and get out of range then the left peddle started falling off. Actually it was still a really good way of getting around the village. I'm not taking the bike home so I'll just leave it here (if it's still outside right now - I'm not chaining it up anymore because we fly home this afternoon).

Whenever I tell someone that I have now finished diving for good they ask me how that feels. It's quite a natural question to ask on the face of it, but if you think about it isn't it odd that people think you would feel different straight away? I feel pretty much the same as I always do, I just sort of know that I won't be going to training or competition anymore.

The closing ceremony was great. I took some great photos. I'll try to post some hereafter.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Team accomodation


Well I have been very happy with my performances in both of the synchronized diving events so far. The results themselves could be considered unlucky, but that is not the way that you look at it when you have done everything you can to perform well and have done just that.

Mathew and I dived very well on the 10m and we finished less than half a point from a medal in 4th position. In terms of our goal of winning a medal this would seem devastating on the face of it, but I was very pleased with the dives that I did (in particular 207B and 5255B - google 'dive numbers' for clarification here) and that's what Olympic competition is all about.

Scott and I dived yesterday and we did five good dives out of six but the wheels fell off on the other one. It only happened in one split second but it was enough to rule out finishing with a medal, which on a good dive we may certainly have done. I was pleased that we were competitive with the best eight teams in the world despite our mistake and I find no merit whatsoever in lamenting the medal that we might have won. In olympic competition there is really no 'may have', there is only a score and a place at the end. I am not disappointed, but rather I am happy that we came back very strongly after our calamity.

I now look forward to and prepare for my last diving event, the 3m individual.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Some good shots

Opening Ceremony and other news

I am not at the opening ceremony right now because we compete too early but I'm on the balcony of our appartment in the village and I can see it on tv and I can see the fireworks live. It was exciting to see the Aussie athletes getting ready to leave the village to march.

Steve Waugh, who is an athlete liason officer gave us some inspiration today when he attended our team meeting (usually reserved for the nuts and bolts of living in this environment). He's pretty cool. Team coach Chava Sobrino is originally from Mexico and had no idea what Steve was talking about because Mexico just doesn't have cricket.

I'm trying not to over-eat in main dining but it's pretty brutal down there. Too much food, all looking so tasty and all just ready to go. Gotta take your will power with you. Wait til after comps to eat all the ice-creams, big macs and such.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Finally in Beijing

Well we finally made it here. It was kind of a relief to get on the plane because preparing was really hard work but now we just have to focus on competing.

We have been in the village for one day now but we haven't stopped doing things since we arrived. First up we went to team outfitting to collect all of the team gear. All we had to come over was the travel shirt (I did wear my own pants too). The gear was top notch and it was really cool getting all of it. The Australian team really has a sense of identity when we're cruising around the village or getting about competition venues.

We've also had team meetings, information sessions a press conference, a function and training. It should settle down over the next day so we can get a little down time before comps start.

The village itself is great. We're in a great position, near main dining and the transport mall. I'm writing this from the super resident centre which is also close to our appartment. They have a wi-fi hotspot here.