Aug. 18, 2008
The village is impressive! The beautiful landscaping and design is the perfect backdrop to the array of people walking around in all their colorful warm-ups. So many nationalities, languages, and sports are represented in the village. Hanging from the balconies of the apartment buildings are the flags of all the countries represented - on the long walk to the dining hall we try and guess which country. The village is pretty close to the "Bird's Nest" stadium and the "Cube", so it has been fun to see those two venues up close.
I have seen two Bruins since I arrived in Beijing. I ran into our track coach Jeanette Bolden yesterday and water polo Olympian, Brandon Brooks. It was great to see them both, and we caught up on our team's schedules. Brandon has a big game today against Germany, so if it fits into our crazy pre-game schedule, I am going to try to go and cheer him on!
We play Japan at 9pm tonight at the Worker's Stadium. We played them in our qualifying round, and they were a formidable opponent- very technical and extremely quick. This game decides if we play for a gold medal against the winner of the Germany/Brazil game on Thursday, so naturally we are all excited for the game to kick off. It is a late game, so we will spend the day relaxing and have lunch and a video meeting over at Beijing Normal University.