Samyr Laine’s Haiti Olympic Diary: The London Adventure Comes to An End
By Samyr Laine
CJ Special Contributor
"I wish I had been able to provide an additional entry or two during my time here in London to give you guys a better glimpse of how it has been and to also save you guys from having to read a single diary entry crammed with far too much information to be adequately digested. I’ll try to avoid that though but still attempt to give you a feel of how this adventure has been.
I couldn’t have asked for a better first Olympic experience. The opening ceremonies were spectacular and everything I could have hoped they would be. Walking into the stadium that night literally gave me goosebumps (as did walking into the stadium a second time for my competition).
My family arrived in London the morning of the opening festivities, with a couple of friends from college getting in shortly after them. So when it came time for me to move on emotionally from the opening ceremonies and refocus on the competition, it helped a great deal to have them here knowing that they were really and truly on this journey with me and for me.
In between the opening ceremonies and my competition I got back to some intense and high quality training sessions to ensure that nothing was left to chance on Aug. 7, which was the day of the qualifying round of the men’s triple jump.
I spent an unusual amount of time in the mall immediately adjacent to the Olympic Village as it served as the perfect meeting spot when I wanted to see my family. I was also able to watch my training partner, Ayanna Alexander, compete in the women’s triple jump for Trinidad and Tobago, and the experience of supporting her and watching her compete also helped me better temper my expectations and anxiety for my own competition.
Going into the competition itself, I actually can’t say that I was nervous. Sure, I got butterflies once or twice when watching other sports or early track and field events, but I knew that I was prepared and could compete with the other jumpers in the field. I’m a firm believer that the best remedy for nerves or fear is preparation and I was fortunate enough to have that on my side.”
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