TUESDAY - AUGUST 12, 2008
Tsa- shung- ha (this is not the correct spelling but it sounds like this). This is how you say GOOD MORNING in Mandarin. Mandarin is the dialect spoken in Beijing.
Tsa - Shung - Ha
We had workout this morning at 10:00 am. At our workout, watching was a young women by the name, Jenna Stuczynski, remember the name! She is the # 2 Ranked Pole Vaulter in the world. She is a huge wrestling fan. Her personal coach is a former wrestler, NY State Champion in 1986, but wrestling is still a passion of his. He trains her with the wrestling mentality. Jenna will compete on the 16th and 18th, watch for her, cheer for her, and send her some positive energy. She is a wonderful young lady.
Some interesting Olympic Facts:
1- The Olympic Motto: "Citius, Altius, Fortius" is Latin for "Faster, Higher, Braver," but is universally accepted to mean "Swifter, Higher, Stronger."
2- The Olympic Creed: "The most important thing in the Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."
3- The Olympic Rings: The Olympic Symbol - five inter locked rings- represents the union of the five original major continents (Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Europe) and the meeting of the athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games. The Five colors of the rings from left to right are Blue, Black, and Red across the top, and Yellow and Green along the bottom. The colors of the rings are thought to have been chosen because at least one of these colors can be found in the flag of every nation.
4- The Olympic Mascots: The Olympic Mascot first appeared in the 1972 Munich Games. The Olympic Mascot, however, successful, disappears with the end of the Games it personifies. It is meant to be friendly and appealing, especially to the young and is a visual identity with the Games.
Today was a good day. Like I said earlier we had one workout this morning and the athletes had time in the afternoon to do as they wished. A couple got in another workout and others rested. Tomorrow is a morning workout as a group and then we will again be one our own in the evening.
Spencer Mango wrestled today Greco and was 1 & 1, tomorrow Dietchler and Dantzler wrestle, we wish them the very best. The rest of the Greco Team weighs in tomorrow.
I had the chance to watch the Freestyle team workout today. They look ready to go! There is a lot of potential for success on this team. We wish all of the athletes and coaches great success!
The Women's Team seems to be pretty relaxed; everyone is starting to get their weight in line. It is just calm; butterflies are starting in the stomachs as we are getting closer to competition time. I know I have said it before but I want to thank everyone in the Women's Wrestling Community for all of your help and support in getting this program going. We are looking forward to many years of success.
I think that is all for now.
Yuan - Shung - Ha (again it sounds like this, not spelled like this). It means GOOD NIGHT in Mandarin.
Over and Out!
Media Relations Coordinator
August 12, 2008