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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Rain, rain go away

(It's Thursday morning here in Beijing)

I'm just leaving the Village now for the women's 20km racewalk competition and it is raining hard. The Village green out my window is usually swarming with athletes, but today there are colorful umbrellas scurrying around like bright beetles. People are rushing from their dorms directly to the buses or to the cafeteria. No delay, hurry hurry hurry.

Joanne Dow, the lone American in the women's race, is going to get soaked. She's overcome so many obstacles to get here that a little rain won't dampen her Olympic spirit, though. After 14 years of racing, she finally made her first Olympic team at the age of 44. Her oldest daughter, Hanna, is starting at Penn this fall. Some of Joanne's fellow Olympians still in high school!

Okay, go USA Racewalking! I'm off to the Bird's Nest.

1 comment:

Frank said...

I could get the splits here in the real Coulterville. Looks like Joanne had a great race.
Really enjoy getting your posts.
Good luck in your race.
Hi to everyone. Wish I was there.

Uncle Frankie