August 03rd, 2012
Today was the start of track and field and Will's first day of jumping. He had the qualifying round in the LJ. Will jumped 7.99 or 26'2.75" on his first jump, fouled his second and jumped 7.86 or about 26' on his third jump. This qualified him 8th for the finals in which they were taking 12 jumpers. So not a great day but I always know he shows up when it's game time. The winds were swirling but we have to get the approach down. The event is wide open.
On a side note, the Olympics are all about walking. I've walked about 6-7 miles a day here in London. It sometimes takes longer to take a taxi or train and with it costing about 20 quid (pounds) to go about 6 miles its also cheaper. The food has also been amazing here, again I've ate Nando's a few more times and went to an Indian restaurant and it was amazing.
Tomorrow we have the long jump finals. It really is the first step of a two step journey we've taken this year. I feel Will is so disrespected in the LJ so we have a little chip on our shoulder. He was 9th at World Champs last year and 4th indoors, yet he is never ranked in the top ten. This will be the first time when he doesn't have to do the triple jump qualifying round the morning of the long jump finals. I know we are very ready to do something great. Hopefully this time tomorrow we will be one step closer to our goals.
The double decker bus!
A work of art?
Warming up before we get to the big stage.
The Olympic Stadium from the coaches eye!
Burn baby burn!
8/3/2012 12:06:31 pm
Tomorrow Will will be great. I'm hoping to see him shock the world!!! He did what he was supposed to do today and finished in the top 12. Now it's all about putting up better numbers than everyone else. Both of you stay calm and remember "It only takes one jump"
8/3/2012 04:53:32 pm
I was at work today and everybody kept coming in asking if Will had jumped yet and how he did...let him know everybody back home is behind him and ready to see him show out tomorrow! Praying for the both of you!
8/4/2012 03:29:15 am
yal is going to smashed the jumps. HE always knows how to perform when needed....im excited..#teambigwillie.
9/18/2022 06:11:13 pm
Thanks for this blog post
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