Danvers resident Meghan Duggan is writing about her Olympic adventures as a member of the USA Olympic women’s hockey team.
It’s been busy, busy, busy, and exciting the last couple of days here in Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympic games.
As I’ve told my family, the few times I have talked to them on the phone, it’s hard to put the experience into words. It’s truly something that is almost impossible to wrap your head around unless you are an athlete, staying in the Olympic Village.
Day 1 (Feb. 8), we went through an accreditation process where we received our credentials, which are basically our life throughout the entire games. You can’t go anywhere or leave anywhere without them.
From there, the American athletes walked through a processing room covered wall-to-wall in Ralph Lauren and Nike apparel. We were fitted head to toe in an abundance of apparel, literally anything and everything you can imagine, and a ton of it all, so much that we shipped home an entire suitcase full of stuff that night.
After the processing, the cameras were out. We snapped pictures of everything, especially each other, as we sported all different variations of the new clothing.
When we arrived at the Olympic Village for the first time, we were all in shock. The State of the Art buildings and dining area are unlike anything that I’ve ever experienced. The view from our suite on the seventh floor overlooks the gorgeous city of Vancouver, right on the water.
The help from the Olympic volunteers and workers is amazing as they provide everything and anything we need to compete at this elite level.
We’ve been back and fourth to the University of British Colombia a few times for practices and workouts, and other than that we have been eating and exploring.
My favorite part so far has been observing and making conversation with the athletes from the U.S. and other countries. My teammates and I like to play a game when we’re in the café, and try to guess what sport some athletes are competing in.
Opening ceremonies, with an estimated three billion people watching, are coming up on Friday, and I think that is one of the events that most of the rookies are looking forward to the most.
Danvers resident Meghan Duggan is writing about her Olympic adventures for the Danvers Herald as a member of the USA Olympic women’s hockey team.