Luger Megan Sweeney, of Suffield, Conn., will provide insight and commentary in occasional blog posts for Boston.com throughout the Winter Olympics.
First off, God bless all those bobsled and skeleton athletes who saw my face at 5:30 a.m. for our flight up to Vancouver. My team I’m not so worried about, they understand my physical state in the morning when I haven’t had enough sleep or coffee, but the rest of the general public… watch out!
Upon arrival at the airport this morning, we were greeted by a sea of red, blue, stars, and even bobsled helmets as all of us athletes gathered and anxiously awaited our first leg of the trip up to Vancouver. After the first flight from SLC to San Diego (which I made sure I slept!) I was ready to take on the day!
I had this feeling of anxiousness in just wanting to finally get to Vancouver. That and you add in the anticipation of my FREE shopping!!!!!! Yeah, needless to say I was a little excited.
Around 2 p.m., we arrived at the Delta Hotel in Vancouver. We were greeted by our team manager and told to go drop our bags and head down to processing. My first stop was my headshot, which went fairly well. My second stop was picking out my team watch! And my THIRD step was to finalize my Olympic ring!! In the end I went with yellow gold (to match my team necklace) and I upgraded to diamonds (because I’m a girl and that’s what we do.) THEN I got to the clothes, and that was game over.
I was given one gray bag with instructions to NOT touch, send home, or destroy ANYTHING in this bag because it’s my opening, closing, and podium clothing. Then I don’t even know what happened really … one lady after one guy after two guys, from one station to the next, to SHOES, to check-out and then off to alterations … it was a literal whirlwind of which I didn’t stop smiling, laughing, joking, posing for pictures, giving interviews, etc.
It was an amazing experience that has now led me to sit here in the lobby and given me a chance to process my processing!
Tomorrow we have a meeting at 8 a.m. and hop on a bus to head up to Whistler for check-in at the Village, a track walk, and a press conference … hopefully this adrenaline high will keep my eyes opened for the next two days!