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I am back in Lausanne again for the Diamond League meeting Athletissima to be held on June 30. The wind has picked up today and I hope it can work in our favor tomorrow too. Last year the weather was a bit wet so we can only hope for sunny skies. The hotel is right on the water again and I have a chance to walk a little bit and take in all of the sail boats and swans at the marina. If I had more time here I would take the ferry over to Les Grangettes which is an idyllic tiny town with chalets hugging the lake. On warm summer days the kids and adults alike so for a dip near the ferry pier and that water looks so inviting. Again the Montreaux Jazz Fest is in full gear and one of these trips I will stop by and toast a glass of wine to the jazz greats who have played here.
I had a chance to hang with Patty and Steph in Roseburg today. They were nice enough to let me use the ring for my premeet practice. It was super hot but we got to cool off at the pool and eat hamburgers. The kids had a few questions about prepping for USA champs and we had a chance to take a picture with the whole gang. I wouldn’t mind hanging out in Roseburg more often! Thanks for the pic Jodi!
I just landed in Des Moines for the 101st Drake Relays. The volunteers at the airport directed the many athletes to thier hotels and the gentleman who drive our group to the hotel was the same guy who helped me out last year in Des Moines. He gave me a ride to a local high school during the 2009 Relays to practice before the meet. He even dropped by a Walgreens so I could pick up some snacks and supplies. I bought him some MnMs as a thank you. He is a bit hard of hearing but very sweet.
I will do a little workout and get the legs moving after my flight and then get some chow. Those McDonalds ads for fries are really effective and I’m craving them! I’ve been good though and I will only go to McDonalds after I hit the 200 ft mark. I hope that this weekends mark will be over 200 ft or I will have to wait till May in Osaka for fries. Check out the results at www.godrakebulldogs.com.
I’m having such a good time watching the Olympics on tv this year. I’ve decided to make the last minute trek to Vancouver next week to catch a glimpse of the action on the ice and slopes. I think we are going to drive the 15 one way trip because we haven’t been able to find good deals on airfare. That’s what happens when you wait to the last minute. I may be able to score some day passes into the Olympic village. I’ve been two two Olympic villages in the summer so it will be interesting to see it from an spectators view. I want to see the high flying aerials and maybe catch a hockey game. We’ll see if tickets can be purchased at the venues. I love being spontaneous! Vancouver here we come!
I hope everyone is doing well on Thanksgiving weekend. I am blessed to be spending the weekend with my husband’s family up in beautiful Lake Tahoe. We had Jerry’s famous breakfast cassarole this morning and watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade on TV. It’s funny to watch all of the singers lip-syncing to thier pop tunes. Last night Barb served up her lasagna and we lifted up our glasses to toast Ray (Jerry’s dad) who is in the hospital with some mysterious elevated heart rate issue. We are praying for you Ray! We all had an awesome time washing dishes and dancing to a great YouTube clip called The Evolution of Dance. Everyone can dance to that…even Jerry! Happy Turkey Day. Give thanks and God bless America!
Some cool happenings: Kiley, eighth grade discus thrower at Slinger Middle School in Wisconsin, threw 104 feet at the opening track meet, shattering the school record held for over twelve years.
Her coach Rachel Womack presented her with a neat autographed collage at the end of year party last month. Cheers to the next generation of discus throwers!
Here’s a great article that documents my visit to the St Albans Athletic Club. It was published earlier this week in the St Albans & Harpenden Review.
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Olympic gold medallist visits St Albans
If the athletes of St Albans AC needed inspiration ahead of this weekend’s Eastern Young Athletes League final, it was supplied by Olympic gold medallist Stephanie Brown Trafton.
The 28-year-old American, who the won discus in Beijing last year, answered questions from the Westminster Lodge club’s throwers and put them through a series of training drills last week.
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Here’s an article we came across from UniversalSports.com:
Stephanie Brown Trafton was among a delegation of American coaches and athletes invited to take an official walk-through of the Olympic Stadium here this morning, the first time Team USA has done so since the 1936 Games.
The structure is, in a word, colossal. When you couple that immensity with an awareness of the history that unfolded inside the building’s stone and beyond its columns, the awe of the experience leaves its imprint. Needless to say, Brown Trafton was intimidated.
Then, she began to think about the fans who would be filing into that stadium for the World Championships in a day’s time. Germans have an appreciation for the discus, and they have a local legend to support in Franka Dietzsch, the aging but reigning world champion. The combination should have been enough to leave Brown Trafton, admittedly a newcomer to the international stage, quivering with fear.
But the 29-year-old Californian has become a pillar of confidence in the 12 months since she burst onto the scene with her improbable victory at the Beijing Olympics. She enters this competition with the leading mark in the world and the confidence of a champion.
I’m going to my cousin’s wedding in Chico on the way up to Eugene for the Championships and getting ready for that has been a blast. Everyone is shopping for the dress and shoes that will be perfect. Our family is giving the economy a boost for sure!
I got a pedicure last night but I ran out of time and had to rush out before they could put a polish on so instead I tried the press-on pedicure nails (see image above). I got them at a Women’s Sports Foundation function last year as part of the goodie bag. I put them on with the nail glue that was included and decorated them with some bling that was also in the package. They look great and very realistic too! I’ll look great for the wedding and can walk around barefoot without cringing when I look at my feet.
The wedding is at Centerville Estates and it will be beautiful. There are few weddings in the family and when they happen we go all out! I’m hoping it wont be too hot but even so we will have lots of iced tea and shade to kick back and relax. Congratulations Jon and Heather!
I will be up in Eugene all of the next week prepping for the USA Champs in Eugene, Oregon. I’ll be staying out on the McKenzie River for a few days to be with my family and be out of the hustle and bustle of Eugene, then travel down and take care of business.
My event is on Thursday, June 25th at 6:55 PM. In preparation I am also attempting to practice in the evening to get used to the later start. This is going to be a fun competition as long as the rain hold off. Even if it is a bit wet the weather wont take long to change, I hope! One more stop in the Road to Berlin.