There are some drawbacks to competing on the last day of the Olympics. Everyone else in the village is done and they are relaxed and partying while my team and I are trying to stay focused on the race. The anticipation grows and can get to you if you let it. Patience is key. But one advantage of not racing or even being able to practice right now is the fact that we get to spend our evenings in the Athlete Lounge Center in the athlete’s village. It’s the living room/game room that every kid dreams of having when they grow up. The Whistler Village is providing us with the best way to stay relaxed…video games! Last night many of the athletes from all over the world gathered in the lounge for battles in Rock Band, Dance Revolution, and my favorite, pinball! I know the expectation is that we are grown, mature adults. But given the chance, we all act like six year olds. Of course the competitive nature of everyone comes out and pride is on the line. Everything we do has to have a winner and loser. These are definitely the behind-the-scenes that you don’t see on television.
I do have to admit that my right leg is a little tired from playing the drums in Rock Band. It’s hard to let others play when no one can beat you!