I was kicked out of the coaches lounge last night and decided to send off the rest of the blog this morning. The condo units we are living in are quite nice, holding upto 13 people in three bedrooms and there are actual beds in the living room. I feel like our team was fortunate in getting asigned actual bedrooms (for our staff and athletes) and not being stuck in the living room (much more private). The view from my room is absolutely beautiful. There is a lush green courtyard with a nice fountain in the middle of it, there is a beautiful hillside beyond our buildings with a great walking jogging path up the hill overlooking the Games stadium and village. I went up there this morning and the view was something I will definately remember. As you start the walk up there is a great relaxing area with an outdoor pool low on the hillside. It is quite a sight seeing all of the different types of athletic bodies already starting to gather in the morning. Tall, short, thin, thick, a very athletic and attractive crowd! They also have a tent beside the pool where they have build a temporary steam sauna, pretty cool. They have a great training facility with a bunch of cardio equipment on a catwalk between two bulding. The room is large and well equipped on the 4th floor and is all glass overlooking the village courtyard on one side and the pool and hillside on the other (really a fabulous set up).
Today we had two of our Men begin the Greco competition. Shawn Daye-Findley at 66kg, and Eric Feunekes at 84kg. Don Ryan headed over with Chris Stefopulos. We have all been givin cell phones to use for the duration of the games. A great luxery in helping us stay in touch and keep ontop of all the potential distractions and areas of confusion inherent at these games. According to Chris the competition venue was 45minute drive from the village this morning. They have two mats opperating and everything there ran fairly smoothly, which is a pleasant surprise.
I stayed back in the village with our Women who have a number of obligatory meetings to get through today ontop of getting their weight under control for the weigh in tomorrow. Our schedule includes, going to outfitting at 2 pm to collect all our team Canada gear for the games, a saftey briefing and team orientation at 3:30, and a sit down with our Doctor Dory Boyer to go through a comprehensive medical/supplimentation screening prior to the competition. Being in a multi sport games is always a real challenge as there are so many distractions and hoops that our group needs to jump through prior to actual competitions. Nontheless, our girls seem in pretty good spirits as usual. Making scratch weight will be a little bit of a challenge, we will take them to a special facitity tonight that has a sauna and good cardio area at around 6:30pm. As you can see the day fills up fairly quickly. Whew...
Our freestyle team arrives today and it will be very important that we have clear communication from this point forward asto where and when things will happen, for the different team members. The food hall is typical of a major games, yet not quite as well done as India last year for the commonwealth. The selection is a little limited, yet adequate. It is essentially a caferteria the size of a football field. There is a great athlete lounge, coaches lounge, and medical centre the Canadian Olympic committee have created in the main level of our builing. Athletes have access to snacks and food and an actual nutritionist goes out daily and buys special items that are requested. There are ample safe drinks (juices, gaterade, bottled water, good coffee), as well as fruit, cerials, bars, etc. This save the athletes having to walk to the food hall everytime they need a snack. Also provides a great relaxing and socializing location. I am in the coaches lounge as I write this (both lounges have internet access, and a games tv feed). The medical center is a nice walk in clinic where athletes and staff can get any immediate issues dealt with, on top of treatments they have a few inflatable tubs set up (have not felt the temp) but I assume Cold and Hot for theraputic purposes.