Greetings from the Olympic village! The swim team arrived on Monday, and I have finally finished unpacking the cornucopia of clothes that we found waiting for us in our rooms upon arrival. I have seven suitcases stuffed into my dorm room! We are going to be styling during the games.
We had our preparation camp in Vichy, France, before coming to London. It's safe to say that we were taken care of extremely well in France. We had beautiful sunshine to accompany us when we trained at the outdoor pool there, and for good measure, we also had an indoor pool with a waterslide. Since there was an extremely competitive group of people at that camp, we had as much fun trying to get down the slide as fast as possible as we did racing in the pool.
But I did get some great work in since our Olympic trials a few weeks ago, and I am really excited to begin racing this Saturday here in London. The competition pool is the most breathtaking venue that I have ever seen. The pool has beautiful details, down to the very last tile laid on the bottom. The stands are so vast that when you're near the starting blocks, you can only barely see the top row. I can't wait to feel the energy when it is filled with spectators watching us compete.
The village is also quite amazing. It's my first Olympic Games, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but all of my teammates say that it's the best one they've seen. My suite has a gorgeous balcony view overlooking the center square of the village, and I have been enjoying some serious people-watching in my downtime. It's a blast trying to guess which country everyone is from, as well as which sport they play.
So far, my Olympic experience has surpassed anything I could have ever imagined, and the Games haven't even officially started!