Sunday, August 10, 2008


In a word, Opening Cereomonies was amazing. Incredible. Indescribable. Wait, that's three words isn't it?

Seriously, though, it was everything I hoped it would be.

Here are a few of us in the training room getting ready to go.

We left from the village as a group and went to the fencing hall--where we met the President! It was truly an honor.

George Bush Sr.

Laura Bush and I

The President of the United States!

We also got to meet the Basketball team!

We then walked over the Gymnastics hall where all of the countries were waiting for their turn to walk over to the stadium and march in. We were sitting high up in the stands as we were toward the end. It was very hot. I really enjoyed getting to see some of the other countries’ uniforms. While we were waiting, there were two pauses in the calling of the countries where they played a few minutes of live feed of the actual show. Although I couldn’t see all of it, what I saw was outstanding!

When it was our turn, we slowly walked over to Stadium. There were volunteers holding hands to form a kind of “wall” blocking off excited fans. Everyone was so excited—it was an electric atmosphere. One of my favorite parts of the evening was when we entered the tunnel right before we entered the stadium. It was so crowded and so exciting. All around me all I could hear were people chanting, “U-S-A!” It was overwhelming as we walked into the Bird’s Nest; it really hit me—I am here at the Olympic Games representing my country. I could hardly contain my emotion.

Once we circled the track, we came to stand in the inner field to watch the rest of the countries march in. Although it was very hot, it was incredible to be surrounded by so many thousands of people from all over the world. The roar was incredible when China was announced. I am from Houston, so I felt a little connection to Yao Ming when I watched him carry the Chinese flag.
The lighting of the torch was amazing. Everyone could see that the torch was high up, and we were all speculating on how it would be lit. My team and I were all thoroughly impressed at how unique, creative and well planned it was.

8-8-08 was truly a night I will never forget!!


Tiffany said...

fjasldfjksdjfs...that's me being excited! I swear I think I saw you on the opening ceremonies. I saw Laura for sure and then I kept pausing and rewinding right after that b/c I think I saw you. Were close to Laura during the walk?

I'm getting to pumped to watch you dive.

Love you!

grace said...

Nancilea! I'm so excited for you and will be praying for your time in China. Live in the moment!

grace rabuck

Holly said...

Oh my gosh! How cool! You and the Pres!!! And you and Kobe!! Wow! Even on tv the opening ceremonies were amazing. I can only imagine what it must have felt like to be there! We're all routing for you!!

~Holly Childers

Tiffany said...

I forgot to mention that me and my roommate are very jealous that you met the Basketball team!

Julie Wager said...

nancilea- you might remember me, my name is julie wager and i was on the woodlands diving team when you first started! i have been following your progress at the games since the olympic trials--it's been fun to tell everyone "i used to know her once!" and "hey that's my old coach!" :) just wanted to drop you a line and say congrats and i'll be watching you in the semifinals and finals! good luck to you!

grace said...

Nancilea! You looked great today....way to go! I will be praying for you during the finals!


sijun said...

Oh,my god. You know,I still don't believe all this happening. I am so happy for you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Nancilea, I have been watching you dive on television for the last few days. I googled your name and this blog came up. I wanted to say congratulations on making it to the Olympics! I really admire your dedication to the sport. Good luck in the future!! Karen from Cambridge, MA.