Yesterday was an early start to get to day 3 of the Olympic swimming prelims. Syd and Scott up at 6:30 am, walk to the bus station, bus to the train station, and on train at 7:00 am for the hour ride to Olympic Park.
Passing time before prelims starts.... GO USA!!!
The Aquatic Center was packed with people and even for three prelims there was at no shortage of excitement. The British definitely were having a great time, screaming their heads off for every British swimmer!
The American swimmers all filled their expectations with strong performances. Allison Schmitt and Missy Franklin both made semi-finals for the 200 free. Then, Tyler Clary and the Baltimore Bullet (Phelps) in the 200 fly, again making the semis, both in the top five. Lastly, the 200 IM women Ariana Kukors and Caitlin Leverenz swam well to secure their place in the semis.
It was quite cool to see the swimmers in action in person. I've watched them on TV, read all about them in Splash magazine (a swimming magazine). So to see them in person at the biggest swimming competition of their life was.... amazing!
Phelps "flapping" his arms before his race
Missy Franklin gets a GOLD!
Fortune Four regrouped for a trip to the Tate Modern Museum with Gma & Gpa and friends of theirs and a quick lunch after. Then we were off to the USA House for shopping which proved to be overpriced and made us thankful for our last minute Old Navy Olympic t-shirt purchases we made before we left home.
Scott & Syd off to evening swim finals, Jana & Shelbs heads home for quiet night at home. Unfortunately the tv wasn't working so Jana & Shelbs couldn't watch anything Olympic coverage so they headed to the grocery store where a) Jana drove them and b) they watched some swim finals in the electronics department of the store.
The car ride went well once Jana read the manual to see how to get the car in reverse. Did a few laps around the neighborhood to make sure we were ready for the open road, then we were on our way. Strange figuring out space on the left and also looking over right shoulder when in reverse.
The view from the other side of the car...
Outside the local grocery store. Very user friendly, clean and lots of good food!
Same But Differents found by Shelby:
To use a shopping cart, you must put a pound in the slot which then unlocks your cart from the others. When you return the cart, you get your pound, approximately $1.50, back. They might be onto something, there are no random courts anywhere other than where they are supposed to be.
Shelby noticed they don't put years on their expiration dates on food packaging.
An S.O.S. email to Gormans for help with the tv as we've lost ability to watch Olympic coverage.
Shelby: Cuddling with Mommy
Sydney: Being at swim finals and seeing Missy Franklin win gold
Jana: Driving with Shelby and cheering on USA in the grocery isle
Scott: Swim finals; 2 golds & 2 silvers