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Postcards from Bob: The 'birds' are out

U.S. windsurfer and Chicago native Bob Willis is sharing updates from the London Games with RedEye.

July 30, 2012|By Bob Willis | For RedEye

For the most part, it has been business as usual gearing up for the Games and tapering. I am becoming increasingly confident on my equipment and I am eager to start racing Tuesday.

The big event the past week was clearly the opening ceremony in London. Traveling to the opening ceremony was almost as exciting as the event itself. Once we were close to central London, 15-plus police motorcycles greeted us, in addition to a few police cars. The caravan escorted us at high speed through central London. Locals flooded out of streetside pubs, stores and apartments to express a variety of emotions. We witnessed enthusiastic waves, fist pumps, middle fingers and, of course, the double-barreled middle finger. All the U.S. athletes on the bus were extremely proud to be the Americans in town and it was a special feeling being escorted through central London.

There were a few moments during the night that have been continually resonating with me, in particular the moment Team USA was waiting in the tunnel before we walked in. The lights from the stadium were shining through the dimly lit tunnel and the amount of euphoric energy the group displayed was nothing like I have ever experienced. All the memorable experiences that I lived that evening will undoubtedly be with me forever.

The evening of the cpening ceremony we didn't get back to the London village until about 1:30 a.m. The entire team quickly passed out and woke at 6 a.m. for an early bus back to Weymouth. Upon arriving in Weymouth, my primary focus was to rest after the long evening and get out on the water for a couple of very light (30-45 minutes) sessions as my training finished and I am fully in a taper mode.

The Olympic regatta starts Tuesday and I have done everything within my ability to control as many variables as possible, thus satisfying my final preparations for the event. I can't wait to race—let the Games begin!

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