Earlier this week, I went for a walk around Glasgow, Scotland, where we're currently staying, and where we'll play our first two Olympic games. It was around 10 p.m., the sun was setting, and everything was at peace around us. It was cool to just step back, slow down and think about the opportunity placed before us.
As I walked, I could think of only one word -- thankful. The list of experiences to be thankful for is endless. Many people think we are here to win a gold medal. I think that's a pretty accurate statement, but there's a desire that goes way beyond the bling. It's the desire to do something extraordinary.
The Olympics are the catalyst for the extraordinary in sports. There's an unexplainable energy, enthusiasm and excitement that makes the most ordinary sporting events the most extraordinary sporting events. I'm so pumped to see what those special moments will be in this Olympics and for our team in particular. It's rad that we are all a part of writing the 2012 Olympic story. Or maybe the script has already been written and we are just playing our part? Who knows ...
What I do know is that there's no better feeling than doing what you love and loving what you do. Every athlete at the Olympics has a unique story. Somehow or in some way they discovered an amazing ability within themselves that brought them to the Olympics.
This is what it's really about. There's just something about watching someone do what they were born to do. I don't really know what I'm getting at, but it's just cool. I hope when I play I can impart to those watching the same gift that so many athletes have imparted to me.
Our first game is against France on July 25, at Hampden Park here in Glasgow. I got a sneak peek at the field here when we picked up our credentials. What I saw excited my spirit: a pristine pitch, an iconic venue, and a surreal calmness.
Now that we're all credentialed, it's starting to feel official. Our credential is a golden ticket -- you need it to get into your hotel, through security, into the meal room, onto your team floor, into facilities, training pitches, stadiums, the village, and other venues. Basically you need it on you at all times.
A few days ago here in Hampden Park they took our picture, laminated all our information, stuck it around our neck and called us Olympians. Hopefully at the end of all this, my credential won't be the only thing hanging around my neck.