I almost expect the USA to be at the top of the score board with an astounding 539 athletes at the Games. China has a close second in medals with only 384 athletes, still much lower considering the population of both counties.
Then there is Canada with our 281 athletes, and a fraction of the population compared to the powerhouses of USA and China. Still we're holding our own and currently in 11th place; great for a small country that is 35th on the list of world populations, much lower than any of the countries who are the top of the score board. This just shows that Canadians love sport!
Jessica is scheduled to start her seven event competition tomorrow and I am excited for her to start as she is the first to begin of the three I am following closely.
Regardless, I have been anxiously following all my Canadian athletes through the press and twitter feeds. I love seeing the medal count grow every day as our dedicated, diligent, and brave athletes achieve their dreams though following their passions. No matter what their finish is I am proud to have them representing my country. To even make it to the Olympics is a feat and a journey, I should know, I am on the path myself right now!
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Where's the Pipe?
That’s not to say that I haven’t been getting work done, just not the work I planned to do. I came here to work on two specific tricks, but end up riding jumps, rails and the natural features of the mountain. The positive part is that I still work on the essence and fundamentals of the tricks on these other features, and I must admit that I do have a lot of fun working new components.
The last ten years of my life have been passion driven, and I must say that I am privileged to have found things I was passionate about at a young age. I was lucky enough to be exposed to many experiences to gauge what my possible passions were. However, not every kid out there is as fortunate as I was, and I am pretty sure the schooling curriculum does not include finding your passion. So, for the past few weeks I have been composing a presentation to take to schools and social groups to get kids thinking.
When I awoke on Saturday morning I could see the sun was cresting over the peak of the mountains, there was no wind, and I just had a feeling it was going to be a great day. I made my breakfast as usual, eggs, toast, avocado, tomatoes and a superfood smoothe, visualized some and stretched. I was ready for game time.
|A couple of the other Canadians, Harrison Gray and Sarah Conrad|
No matter how much brushing I did to my board there was just no wax left in the base and white patches were showing though. Oh no!! I had no choice but to roll with it. I threw my run as best as I could, but it just looked off balanced, with one side of the pipe having more amplitude than the other. I was unable to better my placing. Still at the end of my runs I pulled up my goggles, smiled for the camera, and waved to the crowed. Can’t let them know about my disappointment…I wanted to be the best sports woman I could be!