(BEIJING, CHINA) - The United States Olympic Boxing Team endured a long day on Tuesday as they continue the countdown toward the start of the Olympic Games. The nine boxers went through a rigorous strength and conditioning workout at the Beijing Normal University track in the morning before welcoming numerous members of the media during their afternoon training session. The squad closed the day with a sparring session before returning to the Olympic village for the night.
Lightweight Sadam Ali (Brooklyn, N.Y.) took time out from his hectic day to share his thoughts on the Olympics and the final preparations for his opening bout.
1. How are you feeling now just a few days out from the Opening Ceremonies?
It's right there, its super close so its time to bite down, start focusing down and get ready for what's coming.
2. How has being on the ground here in China affected your training?
It didn't really affect my training, we came out here, worked really hard, did three workouts a day and we're ready to go.
3. What is the most challenging part of being here in Beijing?
Being so far from home and away from my family
4. What is your favorite thing about China so far?
How nice the people here are, they really make you feel welcome. They really respect us and I like that and I like shopping.
5. What was the one thing you wanted to make sure you brought to China?
My heart, I have everything in my heart. I have my dad, my family, everybody back home, everyone that's supporting me. They are all in my heart.
6. What is a typical day like here for you in Beijing?
Wake up in the morning, get dressed, brush my teeth and get ready to do the morning workout. After the morning workout, we have a couple of hours and we have the gym workout. Three days out of the week, we have sparring a couple of hours after that. Four days of the week, I do an extra run at night so some days, I have four workouts a day.
7. Are any family and friends coming to China to support you?
I'm not totally sure but I know my dad, two of my uncles, and both of my coaches are coming
8. What does being an Olympian mean to you?
It means a lot, not a lot of people get to be in the position that I'm in right now. I know a lot of people back home would love to be in this position right now so I have to take advantage of it, put all the hard work together and make it happen. It makes me feel good when I think about it. Even after the Olympics, when I think about being an Olympian, it will mean a lot to me. It will always be in my mind, it will never go away.
9. What is your favorite thing to eat here?
10. What can people expect to see from you when you finally take the ring at the Workers Indoor Arena?
Heart, speed, focus. They will see the World Kid Ali, I'm going to try to be the best I can be in there.