July 29, 2012
Boy, do I have a lot of catching up to do. The press conference went well. All the archers did amazing job answering the questions. After the interview we went out to practice team rounds. The weather was nice that day. All the archers are shooting great and some have been doing some final tuning of their equipment.
On the 25th of July the team was able to do a Familiarization for the warm-up field and the final main field they will be shooting their matches on. The warm-up field is to be able to allow oneself to get acquainted with having the field the same direction and the wind and lighting. Each team is allowed a half hour and then your escort to the final lanes to shoot your matches. This can be quite intimidating but, with the help of your training system and mental game the archers handled this quite amazingly. They stayed calm and went thought their process of shooting that arrow for the 10 ring (very center of the target). Everyone did fanatic. Came back and had dinner and off for another massage. I’m getting spoil.
July 26—Men’s official practice of the qualification field was from 9-12:30 p.m. Miranda went to train at SCORE, our USOC facility here in London. Then had a private car drive Mel (coach) and her to the Lord’s Cricket grounds were the women had their official practice round until 5:30 p.m. Went for a massage and then came back and organized for the next day's official start of archery.
July 27—What an exciting day. Archery competition started with official practice from 8-8:45 a.m. and at 9 a.m. the first end of arrows were shot into the middle to start the competition. Our men’s team went first in the morning followed by the women in the afternoon. A total of 72 arrows were shot. After all was said and done the Men’s Team was in 4th, tied for 3rd but shot one less 10. The Women’s Team was ranked 2nd right behind Korea. This puts us in good position for the Women’s Team and the men have a little bit harder bracket. It was a nice day and the sun was shining. After the men shot in the morning, they headed out to SCORE to practice. After the Women’s Team finished their qualification round which will rank them and put them into a bracket for their elimination round starting on July 30.
The Women's Team and Mel (coach) got ready for Opening Ceremonies. I wasn’t able to march because the Olympic committee only gave one pass for each sport for staff. So since I’m marching in Closing Ceremonies, Mel got the pass to march in Opening. However, our CEO of USA Archery donated her ticket to me. I left the village at 6:30 p.m. to head over to Olympic Park. I was so glad I left that early. The crowd keeps moving, but soon after I got into the Olympic Park, I was able to go to the VIP entrance. I felt like Royalty and it got easier moving around. I was handed a snack box and processed to my seat. I met some friends along the way, but when I got to my section, I met up with a friend from back home in Lancaster. It was so nice to share the Opening Ceremony with him. It was a magnificent show and being there in person made it feel like I was marching. I got back to the Olympic Village at 2 a.m.
Well I have to stop here with the update. But I will post more soon. Sorry for the delays, but I’ve been very busy. Early mornings and very late night.
Yours From London,
Olympic Team Leader, Archery