Saturday, April 02, 2005

Anything is possible

Yesterday Amanda Beard - an Olympic swimmer - pulled out of the World Swimming Trials because her 200 individual medley record was broken by a 15-year-old girl. Katie Hoff of Abingdon, Md. Her time was 2 minutes 11.24 seconds. I find this so encouraging that 1) She actually made it and broke a record and 2) she's 15. I guess its also kinda discouraging, because I'm not anywhere close to that fast right now, but knowing she worked hard to get there and she did well, is motivation enough to do it too. :)

Monday I'll be downtown at the Natatorium singing the national anthem with my choir. So hopefully I'll get to see a little bit of the swimming. I would go to the whole thing, but it costs $40... and all the money I have is like pledged to a cause. :)

EDIT:
I just got back from a wonderful evening downtown at the Nat. It was very exciting, first my choir sang, and then my friend Charity Osborne and I decided to stay and watch the swimming, which was VERY cool. Afterwards we bought swim caps and waited for the swimmers to come up so we could get their autographs. And then we waited FOREVER to get Michael Phelps... but we finally did. And we also got pictures with Chairty's picture phone, which I will post as soon as she sends them to me.
The coolest part though was when I got to meet Katie Hoff. Its kinda scary to think she's the same age as me, like she's a freshman in highschool and she's actually THAT good. Well I have to go to bed now, so as soon as I get the pictures I will post them!!!!


And I have to go... I'm going shopping!!!! :)

Song of the post: Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
Quote of the post:
"I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person"

5 comments:

Jessica said...

Don't worry, Ellie, you're a much better swimmer than most people your age! :)

Kathryn said...

Have fun shopping!

SaraY said...

Wow that is so cool! I can't imagine do ANYTHING record-breaking even now, and I'm almost 3 years older than her!

And I agree with Jess--you definately have me beat in any swimming contest. Even when I get a head start...sigh...

bek said...

Thats soo cool that you were able to get all those signitures and Katie Hoff! You are a really good swimmer or so I have heard! Oh and I LOVE your song!! Hehe

LeeAnn said...

oh man yes, show the pics! that would be so cool. that's so cool that a 15 year old could do that. and I'm sure that if she could then you could if you gave it your best shot. I'll cya at classes, don't forget to bring money!! love ya.