The good thing about being the first team to arrive at the Olympic Games is the general excitement. We got off the plane, flew through customs (the Olympic line), got our bags and were swarmed by media as we walked out of the airport—you may have seen a glimpse of us on NBC's Nightly News a few days ago.
The first few days after our celebrity arrival were a bit hectic. The team was tired, jet lagged and a bit out of it. However, we pushed through and enjoyed every moment. Following our arrival at Heathrow Airport we bused to the London Olympic Village (in the Olympic lane), quickly checked into the village, and then ventured over to the USA house to get all our Team USA gear … an absurd amount of clothing.
The entire gear collection process took about four hours. First was the Ralph Lauren opening and closing ceremonies fittings. The designers were extremely helpful; however, they definitely had a particular sizing style for the athletes—tight! Following the fittings, we were given four bags of clothing to try on, two from Nike and two from Ralph Lauren. It took me two hours to try on all the gear. The gear, however, looks very, very good.
The next morning, we woke up at 6 a.m., took a team bus down to Weymouth and got situated in the sailing village in Portland. The sailing village, albeit not quite like the London village, still has the same Olympic feel. The colors are the same, the dining hall has the same food and we are getting treated just as well as if we were in London.
The following day, I got my Olympic RSX kit—the colors look great and the sails stand out against the typical gray England background. I have sailed with my kit for three days now and I am starting to like it more and more—I think it will be just fine for the Games. Going forward, my plan is to sail four more days, head back to London for the opening ceremonies, then take a few days off and rest up for the battle.