We Left LAX headed for Charlotte,NC then a quick 1 and a half hour drive to Greensboro. As travel to Jo ‘s goes the flight was probably one of the best and on time with Delta Air we have experienced over the past 5 years. We ran into two of our team families. The Morrow’s and the Young family. Our team is new and we are very happy to have 7 athletes participate this year. The remaining families will follow tomorrow.
Gary Sr. Gary Jr Silva and Lil’ Robert
We boarded the plan on time and with out much problem and quickly got into position for sleep at least to Minneapolis
Just a little after 1 am time for some shut eye…..
After a plane change in Minneapolis, a car drive from Charlotte to Greensboro We arrive at the hotel at 1:45 pm register and rest for a while look up with the help of Suri to find out just how close these important places like….The Dollar Store, Costco, Walmart and Target are to our hotel. Eureka! within a mile or two and with that news we then we head to the Irwin Belk Stadium to pick up the team packet and get the lay of the land. Today Suri ended up scoring one out of two with directing us for a half an hour in a circle trying to find the track. Finally I had Lauren put the actual address in the map finder and sure enough Suri redeemed herself and we arrived at the track.
A lot has changed since our last visit in 2009. A very nice gentleman that was directing workers under the stadium happen to ask while I was waiting for for Henry where I was from. That lead to a short, very pleasant conversation about the more recent 100 million dollar input of money into the school and all the changes and improvements. I look forward to seeing the media box and more of the improved stadium in the coming days. Before we left the stadium after picking up the team packet and watching one of Lauren’s friends compete in the Pentathlon boy’s 13-14 high jump . He jumped well and was very surprised and happy to see a familiar friendly spectator face cheering him on.
We ran into a very nice family from Houston, Texas that wanted to take a picture with Lauren . She was more than happy to take the pictures and they were nice enough to give me a copy to share with you. I also was able to met my first medal winner of the week . It is always so wonderful to see the happy faces of the medal winners. I can’t help but smile with them celebrating there accomplishment and all the hard work that went into the outcome on the biggest Age Group competition stage “The Junior Olympics”.
Emerald and Eden Carter of the Northwest Flyers
Nehemiah Houston Of the Northwest Flyers
Well that is it for today….Tomorrow a rest and organization day and then the opening ceremonies..I will try to get some pictures on Tuesday.