Thursday, July 31, 2008

San Jose

Sorry about the San Jose post being blank for a few days. But now we can fix it. San Jose was great. The weather was very nice, and the drive from San Francisco was beautiful. Right off the plane we were greeted by USOC people and from here on out you are sheep getting on a truck. (Well maybe a little better. ) We met up with our Team leader Jon Bardis and drove to San Jose St. When we got there we got checked in and grabbed some lunch before processing.

Processing is when we take a bunch of pictures, do security stuff, get our gear and wait a lot. We pretty much had to try everything on, and it took a very long time. Nike and Ralph Lauren really hooked us up. Much more quality stuff compared to Athens. Wait til you see the opening ceremony git up. It is going to be a very sharp but sweaty occasion.

Later that night we went to eat at Mortons Steak house with Jon. They took care of us, and it was nice to get a good piece of meat before we head over to China.

The next morning we had some briefing about what's going on in China, the village, media, all the good stuff. Then we had a 2 hour ambassador program with Brandi Chastain (Soccer player on SI cover). She did a nice job and seemed very down to earth with her explanations of everything. Very nice person with a lot of credentials. It was very motivating and everyone got a chance ask some questions and interact. We have been here with the women's volleyball team, women's gymnastics, badminton, some track and field and some medical staff. Everyone is very friendly, and you can see a lot of fire in the athlete's eyes. Very relaxed and calm, but very sharp at the same time. Professional!

Now we head to China on the 1st, and I'll tell you about the village and the trip when I get there.



Anonymous said...

now that's an interesting blog..thanks for writing all these "insider" views for us non-olympians...

Bob Andelman said...

You might enjoy this Mr. Media podcast interview with US Olympic gold medal winners Brandi Chastain and Kerri Strug.