I can't believe it's over. I remember saying that quite a bit after '92 and after every Olympic Games since. For 22 days, we were in London, in nonstop motion. The Olympics, they definitely bring out the need for speed and endurance in everyone. I will never forget stepping foot in Olympic Park after working my way from the hotel to the tube station to the javelin train, then exiting at Stratford International only to find that I had to walk another 45 minutes to get to BMX. That Park was HUGE. I am pretty sure we averaged about 8 miles of walking every day (my 6-year-old included.) And every step was worth it!
|Aerial view of Olympic Park on Aug. 18, 2012|
I have so many precious memories from these London Games. From Phelps official designation as the most decorated Olympian of all time to Soni's world-record, 2:19 swim; to the teens in the pool and the amazing smiles of Missy to Ruta. And how about Team GB's Mo Farah and his buddy Galen Rupp? Amazing. Then there's Allyson Felix and her 200 golden moment and Bolts electrifying races. The exhilaration, the excitement and the awe is something we will never forget. . .
But now it is over and all I can think is, "Bring on Rio!" I can't wait. With every four years, there's a new crop of athletes striving for their dreams and a chance for my kids to grow more in love with the adventure and everything the Olympic experience brings…including the need for great walking shoes! Thank you London. And Congratulations TEAM USA!