It took us a little longer to get here than expected. Delayed on one end, held on the runway for another portion… it reminded us of World Championships in Barcelona in 2003, when it took us almost two full days to get to Spain.
The 14th World Championships are happening this week in Shanghai, China and Michael has said that he will retire after London 2012, making this his last World Championship meet ever. From Barcelona to Montreal to Melbourne to Shanghai, he has swum many a stroke and broke many a records and we’re looking forward to the next few days of swimming coming down the pipeline.
We watched the Men’s 4×100 free relay tonight where Michael swam the first leg, and swam it well. The men came in 3rd place, behind the Australians and the French. While standing on the podium, we could see Michael looking around and were trying to catch his eye by waving our arms in the air. He saw us and waved back. We watched the men receive their medals and walk in front of the media for photographs. Michael then peeled off and came to the other side of the pool to say hello. He talked about the race and handed us the flowers and the stuffed rabbit, which he said was for T (short for Taylor), our niece and our sister Whitney’s daughter. He kissed us and ran off to warm down.
Making our way back to our hotel, we had an authentic Chinese meal at a local restaurant. It’s funny how “Americanized” we are, and noticed it when someone made a comment about how good PF Changs would taste. We had a good laugh and found ourselves grateful for all being together, as we watch Michael wind down his career.
The title of the blog, 70 Percent Water, is two-fold: 1) The earth is (roughly) 70 percent water and 2) our family has probably spent 70 percent of our time around and in the water, in the past, when we were younger as well as today, in the present. Water has been good to our family.
I’ll be writing from Shanghai, posting photos on occasion and sharing with you our experiences from the swim meet in China.