Melissa Stockwell Blog - Opening Ceremonies on their way

Aug. 06, 2008, 11:28 a.m. (ET)

Opening ceremonies are a month tomorrow. It set in a bit how close everything is when I was at home this weekend. When I said goodbye to people they were wishing me luck since I won't see them again till after the games. It is sooooo close I can't believe it. I am going to be ready. With a good taper I feel I could be ready now. I am just so excited and honored to be there in the first place I can't wait to see what will come of it all. It's bound to be something good.

This week has started off good.  A few difficult practices but nothing extremely difficult yet. We'll see what the week brings.

The Opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games are this Fri and I am so excited to see them and to watch the competition. Watching trials pumped me up and got me even more excited and motivated than I already was and I know watching the Olympics will do the same plus some. My favorites to watch are gymnastics and obviously, swimming. There are bound to be a number of world records broken and my favorite part is the looks on their face when it happens. It's the look when you realize your time that says it all. That all the hard work and dedication paid off and that dreams really do come true. I can't wait for it.

You should all go to the website and check out the t-shirt labeled 'Stronger'. Take Pride is an organization that makes shirts based on stories of soldier's coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan. They have many shirts that tell some awesome stories through the artwork on the shirts. This last shirt is my own, based on my story and has been in the works for a few weeks. I love the outcome and I, of course, think you should all buy one...:) 20% of the proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project which is an organization I am a big part of. I serve on the board of directors and they have helped me significantly in pursuit of my swimming goals. Check it out and let me know what you think, hopefully you like the t-shirt as much as I do.

I was in Chicago last weekend and it was absolutely fantastic. It was my husband and I's first time back in Chicago in over 2 months and we walked into an extremely hot house smelling of mustiness. After many hours it cooled off and we were able to clean it up, unpack and organize some things. It was so nice to be back in our house with all of our stuff and be together for a weekend. I have to admit that it is hard to come back to the OTC and my dorm room after being back there. It makes me realize how much I have to come back to after Beijing. First and foremost, my husband Dick, but just the comforts of home and getting back into work and being able to hang out with our Chicago is something I am looking forward to. That being said, I am so happy that things have turned out the way they have. I was hesitant to leave Chicago and come out here back in Jan. but looking back I wouldn't have it any other way. Just goes to show that sometimes you got to take a chance on something and hope it turns out for the best.

I saw this quote the other day and I love it. It says:

"There's no tomorrow, there's no next week, there's no next season; IT'S ONCE EVERY 4 YEARS"

And every 4 years it is.... 

Hopefully you will all watch the opening ceremonies and be as glued to the TV as I will be once they start.



Melissa Stockwell is a freelance contributor for This blog was not subject to the approval of the United States Olympic Committee or any National Governing Bodies.