Tim Morehouse Blog: Olympians Invade Capitol Hill to Support the Olympic Movement
Tim Morehouse is a two-time Olympic fencer who won the silver medal in team sabre at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Olympians Invade Capitol Hill to Support the Olympic Movement!
September 13, 2012
|Meeting with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
Being an Olympian is about much more than competing. Part of our role is to be an ambassador for our sports, especially in the smaller ones, and advocates for the Olympic movement. People paved the way for us to have our Olympic opportunity and it is up to us to make sure that future Olympic dreamers have the same -- if not more -- support than we had to pursue our dreams.
That role of advocate and ambassador took a few of us to Capitol Hill today, where along with USOC staff members we met with Senators and Representatives including Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Representative Peter King (R-NY), Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Representative Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), Representative Aaron Schock (R-IL) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
It is amazing how universally loved the Olympic movement is across both parties. We were greeted warmly by everyone and it is fun to see that even our politicians get excited to see Olympic medals and to meet us. We each told our stories, many of which included stories of struggle and perseverance and stressed to the legislators that their support makes a difference.
Speaking of support, here is our official “THANK YOU, AMERICA” Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huEV3bUIgoE with a cameo by yours truly! So excited for President Obama tomorrow!
Feeling Grateful to America and Excited for the White House
September 12, 2012
The last time I was with President Obama at the White House was in 2009 when I participated in an event to promote our bid for the Chicago 2016 Games. Unfortunately for the U.S. we lost the bid to Rio, but what happened that day was one of the most amazing experiences of my life when I got to teach President Obama to fence!
The picture of him trying to stab me with a light saber during our time together went around the world and when I left the White House that day I had a new motivation to make the 2012 Games because I wanted to come back to the White House with that picture and get him to sign it. (P.S. the picture is printed and in my bag!)
It has been a month since I left London after the Closing Ceremony and I can’t believe how time has flown! Four years of training, focus and preparation all for that moment, it comes, it is AMAZING and then it passes leaving you with memories for a lifetime…
Olympic swag I received upon arriving in DC - I can't get enough!
And finally a moment to exhale and to step back from the bubble of focused training and appreciate how lucky we are to be Olympians. How lucky we are to represent the United States of America!
Tomorrow I’ll be joining my U.S. Olympic teammates as we visit the White House and meet President Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama. It is a tradition that after the Games the Olympic team goes to meet the President. I don’t know when this started, but this will be my fifth (pinching myself!) trip to the White House and third post-Olympics visit. It is all amazing beyond my wildest dreams when I stop to think about it.
While the President will be thanking us, I think more importantly, we will be thanking YOU! I wouldn’t have made the Olympics without a ton of support from friends, family, coaches and teachers. The support we received while over in London was tremendous from so many corners of the country.
So, from me and my teammates, THANK YOU AMERICA! I hope we made you proud in London and see you soon Mr. President Obama!