We are over halfway through our Olympic journey and the days seem to be speeding up by the hours. The team remains on a strict schedule, but yesterday we got out of the village for a special pep rally with friends and family. Everyone met at the Bank of America house/ Hometown Heroes venue. This is a wonderful restaurant that Bank of America has rented out for all American athletes and their families. In it’s three story structure, you can eat, drink, and get massages for free during the Games. It is a wonderful amenity for our families and yesterday we were also lucky to take full advantage of the perk. Upon arrival, the group greeted us with cheers and the sound of loud horns. They had made all types of attempts to show us their support and love. Signs were used to assist the team cheers, while others used red, white, and blue face paint. Most of this was caught on tape due to the presence of MSNBC and a few other media channels. For me, it was special to simply have some time with my family. Besides a few minutes after each game, we are limited to only a few hours of “family time” during the next week. I prefer take full advantage of it when possible!
Our days are now focused on competing one game at a time. We have played half the teams in our pool and now we are looking to get two wins out of the final matches. If we do that, we have a good chance of making the medal rounds.
Today was a disappointing lose to Germany 4-2. We played well but didn’t capitalize on some of our opportunities and in return, they finished 3 out of the 4 corners that they were awarded. We have debriefed the game and looked at video. Tomorrow, it will be time to focus on our next opponent, New Zealand.
With the rain coming down, I will cover up in bed and say good-bye. Take care!
Keli Smith Puzo is a two-time Olympic Field Hockey player, Wife to Inako Puzo, head coach at Miami University, Mother of two young boys and your everyday kind of gal trying to keep it all together.