Penny Fletcher: Where has the time gone?
February 19, 2014
Sochi, Russia — What a whirlwind of a week!
I cannot believe we are here in Sochi, Russia. We are actually staying in a suburb of Sochi called Adler. We are staying in an old section of town that reminds me of 1960 to 1970 Los Angeles with older bungalow-type hotels with gated courtyards. Every corner is adorned by a market or liquor store, which has fresh pastries every morning. We have not had the time to stop in because we have spent long, long, long hours at incredible events.
Our hotel is within walking distance to trains, buses and the beach. Trust me there is no fine white sand between my toes — it is large smooth rocks that my feet find extremely difficult to balance on.
I have terrible Internet reception and no phone service. The Russian Sim card is a joke, so unfortunately, I have not been able to communicate.
We have had some amazing experiences here in Sochi and have met so many wonderful new friends. The Canadians are abundant, and they have had some great success during the games. We know very little about the Olympic wins and losses because NBC is blocked, and the Russian TV only shows Russians.
We attended a fun cocktail party the other night, and President Putin made a quest appearance just to appease the press and public. It was a fun night having all three Americans on the podium in BC.
It was perfect weather until Feb. 18, and the conditions for the Nordic combined was the worst weather I have experienced in quite awhile.
This week has been full of ups and downs. Watching our boys make some great strides in jumping then slide back down has been frustrating.
Taylor was not only on the struggle bus but he was driving it. Fortunately, on Tuesday, he finally found some redemption and both the boys had a respectful day.
Todd is going to compete on Thursday, and his jumping is strong considering he has a wounded wing.
Bill had a challenging day today and had the strongest jumps in the trial round, but because change of conditions, he had a challenged start position for the race. Bill is by far one of the most professional athletes and team members anyone could have.
Bryan spent this day celebrating his journey to the Olympics. Bryan is strong, powerful and full of hope. Great results today, and I can personally say watching my two sons cross that finish line together is a remarkable sensation.
Thursday…Nordic combined team event!