Shaun Rubenstein - South African Paddler

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Beijing Olympics!!!

Saturday, August 9, 2008 – 9:58 PM

Well the Olympics have now started and I am having the time of my life! The first few days after arriving were very busy, organising all our kit, attending a formal dinner with the South African ambassador to China and of coarse the Opening ceremony. The opening ceremony is without doubt one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The Chinese have really put on an incredible show and everything so far has lived up to and exceeded my expectations of the Olympics. The Olympic village is an unbelievable place. There are thousands of athletes living here and its incredible to see such a variety of athletes, from 7 foot tall women to tiny 14 year boys and girls. I feel very privileged to be part of this amazing sporting event and I am really enjoying myself.

Training is going well again. We had a few easy days after all our travelling, to recover from the jet lag and I am feeling good on the water again. The course is really incredible and a hype of activity at the moment, with the rowing events and slalom events already taking place.

I would like to thank everybody for all my emails, sms' and facebook messages. Its impossible for me to reply to everybody personally at the moment, but I really do appreciate all the support.

The picture above was taken at the ambassadors dinner. I am standing with Mr Sam Ram Sammy and my room mate Calvin Mokoto
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