Wednesday, September 3, 2008

mei guo jia you...

(literally, "add gas, america!") - our mantra during the games...
so, i basically loved the olympics. that's all there really is to it. they were aMAzing! kind of strange to watch the opening ceremonies in chinese in a "sip sip bar" at our hotel in hong kong, then see highlights of lots of chinese events for a week, then go to an actual event and see everything in person, then watch them in utah, then watch them in california. i was a world traveler those two weeks, i tell ya. i didn't really see any americans compete (other than our athletics event) until i got back to the good old u. s. of a. i never knew how much i loved bob costas until i spent a week listening to chinese and japanese television announcers.

now for the pictures:
we left our hotel seriously at 6am to make it to our 9am athletics (track and field event) event. apparently, three hours wasn't enough time. the security line alone took an hour and a half. so, we got to our seats just after 10am. we missed the HURDLES...my favorite event (i was a pretty good hurdler in my younger days if i do say so myself). but, we made it just in time to see this: the men's 100m heats.

they're really that fast. seriously. it was hard to get a clear picture!

we also saw the women's 800 meter heats, shotput, hammer throw and high jump (very cool!) we stayed until high jump was over at 2pm. my favorite part about the hammer throw was that they had these sweet little remote controlled cars that the hammer throw balls (hammers?) were placed in and shuttled back to the athletes. awesome.
here we are showing our u.s.a. enthusiasm. (photo credit: julia)here is ryan showing not only his beard, but also our rock-awesome seats. we were on the 28th row!!! our lovely friend upgraded us from tier c to tier a. how cool is that!?
water cube during the day. and no, that sky is not photoshopped. i'm pretty sure beijing hasn't seen a day like this since they invented the factory...but it was sooooo clear. i guess the torrential rain storm the day before...when we were on the great wall...might have had something to do with it?!
i'm a fish...water cube at night...this cool tower thing that lit up all sorts of colors... bird's nest with its biggest fans...we took so many pictures of that thing!
me and ryan near our seats...(photo credit: julia)
bird's nest during the day...i love that photo. man, i'm good! and at night...with the torch...and the moon...nice shooting, ryan!
what an experience. there really aren't words to describe how amazing it was! oh, and julia said i should state on this blog that all these images are copyrighted and are not to be used without permission. so...i just did.

7 comments:

Julia said...

lovin' that pic of the four of us! YAY!

B, C, and D said...

You were a hurdler?! Seriously, Maren is there anything you can't do?!! I love, love, love your pics. Maybe I need to go to China.

Karen Hauley said...

I can testify that there is NOTHING Maren can't do. Maren, you're bemazing.

lundparty said...

That is so awesome that you got to be there for the Olympics. I was glued to the TV at night for all of the events, but I'm sure it was nothing like being there in person.

Mel said...

wow! i just found your blog on tisha's. do you remember us? it's been a while! :) i was thinking the same thing about olivia. has it really been that long? anyway, wanted to say hi...keep in touch!

Chellae said...

So I pretty much watched to Olympics every single day and wondered how you guys were doing, if you were at that event, if you'd eaten anything crazy, etc., etc. Can you tell I am slightly envious of your trip. The pictures are fantastic. I'm so glad you had a great trip. I'm going to have to tell Cim to look at your blog to see if she recognizes any of the places you were in Hong Kong. She was there in January with an old mission comp. BTW, she has some pretty cool pics on her blog, too, if you are interested in seeing some other China stuff. Look for her blog link on my blog. Welcome home!

Rob and Marseille said...

so how much were tickets to the track event? where they hard to get? Is that why you didn't go to more events?