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August 12, 2004

We’ve been here for a couple of weeks now. The weather seems to get hotter as the days go by. Since we’ve been here we attended the flag raising ceremony which was my first and I thought it was pretty cool. It is where they raise our flag and the Olympic flag at the village in front of our delegation. In the past couple of days our side of the apartment finally has a working air conditioner. It’s a lot easier to sleep at night now. There is also a big problem with the laundry facility. We have had to go to the facility and help the workers locate our clothes. It has taken some people hours to look through all the bags.

Today before practice Finch did Kretschman’s hair and put a bow in it. If you know Kretch, it’s pretty funny to think of.

All the athletes are starting to crowd the dining hall. It’s starting to get packed more and more with each meal. Our days here are full of practice and walking. It takes us 10 minutes to walk to dinner and the transportation mall.

I’d like to say hi to my mom, dad and brother. I miss you baby. I love you all.