Mar 17, 2008

Snow Day #3

What better way to enjoy such a day than with a warm chewy nut treat?

Now it's time to share more US Olympic Training Center with you!Too bad I didn't have a clearer picture, but our tour guide was a resident athlete who was just the cutest thing ever ;) (I didn't say that!) Anyway, he is trying to go to the Olympics with his long distance trail biking. Did I say cute? ...no really, he was very informative and loved to talk about this special place...you want to talk about commitment and a group of people that are the best of the best at what they do....the spirit of representing America just exuding from him as he spoke. Of the 125 resident athletes on 'campus' 25-30% will see Beijing! One of the amazing things that stuck with me was the 8 to 10,000 calories he eats daily in the state-of-the-art cafeteria where nothing is cooked with butter or sugar. (of course, as you can tell he probably only has 3% body fat on him!) Menus are set up perfectly for each athlete depending on their sport.
again...so sorry for the blur... Skeet shooting center.
Aquatic center where the temp of the water is 80* because for there 6-7 hours in the pool, for 70* would lead to hypothermia! There are state-of-the-art aids to train precisely. (cameras, video cameras above for Internet access if trainers are out of town or across countries or to watch afterwards, touch pads to see the pressure of pushing off, etc.) The water is, of course, less chlorine than what we would see in our local pool and with highly filtered purified water. Also, an interesting fact- diving is not here because of the altitude! If they trained here and tried to do the same dive at lower altitude, their dive would be off timing and angle -our cute tour guide explained!

A beautiful art gallery next to the store. Kyriacos Lazarides



The children certainly enjoyed and noticed the faceless images...thought provoking- why do you think they are such?
You may remember...


The immaculate 'gyms' where the trainers have an exact plan for each and every one for the 3-4 times they visit every day.
It had snowed that morning...a very heavy wet snow....I'm so glad our field trip was not cancelled. Contemplating her dreams...
There was a wonderful movie presented in the theater at the end...so empowering for the Para Olympics and Olympics and then highlighting Beijing 2008!!

We are going back as my daughter has not been... Just an AWESOME place!
Next time I will share some wonderful Mascot information!








6 comments:

Mary said...

Wow, PJ. Thanks so much for sharing the Olympic photos. I'm a real fan of the Olympics and put off everything else to view them. I'm particularly fond of the Olympic training aquatic center because my daughter swam competitively from 4th grade through college. She wasn't Olympic material but she was a joy in the water :o)

Hey, you asked about my camera. I have a Kodak Easyshare Z612 with a 12x optical zoom plus 4x digital. It's a point & shoot! Easy!

Your photos are great. No need for a new camera, PJ.

Mary

dabooklady said...

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Sonia said...

Humm! That chewy nut looks delicious!

Thanks for sharing the Olympics photos! Just great!

Vik said...

That pie looks delicious!
You take great pictures, Paula, thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had a good field trip,must have been neat to see. How did T like it? and oh how good the nutty things look.mmmmn with a cup of tea or coffee. Love tracy

Sonia said...

Just dropping by to wishing you and yours a Very Happy Easter! Many hugs!