By Jamie Sinclair, 2017 U.S. Curling Champion | Nov. 08, 2017, 3:23 p.m. (ET)

 

Jamie Sinclair is a curler who, along with teammates Alex Carlson, Vicky Persinger and Monica Walker, is vying for a spot on her first Olympic team. Team Sinclair won the 2017 U.S. championships and was part of the winning 2017 Continental Cup team. Sinclair is blogging for TeamUSA.org on her road to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

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It is with nervous anticipation that I write this last blog before the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling start. This is it – the big day has finally arrived and I am leaving shortly for Omaha, Nebraska.

 

 

This last month has been pretty busy getting ready. We had two big events that we competed in, one of them being a Grand Slam. I love playing Slams! There are no easy games; always pressure to play your best, great crowds and the chance to play teams that have already been designated the Olympic team by their country. We didn't get all the results we were hoping for but we learnt a lot and will take that forward to the trials.

The last stop on my four weeks away from home was a trip to New York City for the 100 Days Out celebration with Team USA. I was thrilled to be asked to participate, and what an experience it was. Demonstrating curling in Times Square… HELLO! That was pretty cool. I think the best part for me was talking and meeting the rest of our athletes – such great people with tremendous drive and spirit.

An amazing thing happened to me at the airport on the way home from NYC. A businessman approached me and asked if I was one of the athletes from the 100 Days Out celebration. When I said I was, he gave me his first-class seat on our flight and he took mine in the back of the plane. WOW, just WOW! Sports really do bring out the best in us. Thanks so much to that gentleman; he made my day!

Unfortunately, no first class flights for our trip to Omaha but we are happy it is close enough to drive – team bonding time!!

We are heading down the day before the event starts so we can get settled in, have a good workout and a practice in the arena.

 


 

One thing we all want to do before leaving is get our nails done. Sounds frivolous, I know, but I love getting my nails done. If you look good, you feel good; if you feel good, you play great! That's what I tell myself anyway.

Waiting for the Olympic trials has been like waiting for Christmas, for four years!! I hope I get what I want for Christmas. Am I nervous? For sure I am. It's really important to me so I should be nervous. But when I step on the ice all that goes away and it's just the game I see.

When I started this journey it seemed like the 2018 Olympics were so far away and now here it is. Four years of training, competing, traveling, learning, struggling, losing, winning some and losing some more, all comes down to this.

I would think any Olympic hopeful has a similar story to mine. There are many sacrifices that are made, struggles both mental and physical. An unwavering dedication and focus are needed to just get you to the trials for a chance to be an Olympian. It is ALL worth it. Only one team will win and yes I will do everything to be that team, but I know I will be cheering crazy hard for whomever represents Team USA in any discipline. It’s go time; GO TEAM USA!