Today was nothing special, I woke up a little bit earlier today because I had a phone interview with radio Canada in Toronto, the only catch about that one was it was in French, but I did alright – it’s just hard to explain things when you can’t find a word sometimes. Anyways after that it was off to my last Judo practice before the tournament – I will warm up Frazer on the 9th but other than that this was my last hard one! CBC was also there today at practice getting some shots of us training, and then we had a brief 5min interview with the cameraman. After practice it was back to the athletes village for some lunch and REST, oh yeah I also went and got some laundry done, hopefully they don’t lose it and it will be ready by tomorrow. After getting back from my laundry adventure I took a 2 hr nap. As I said before its starting to get to that point in time, that we need lots of rest!.. after waking up from my nap, I really was not in the mood to work out, so instead of going for a run, I went down to the sauna to sweat a little bit before eating dinner – ya ya I know it’s not the best way to lose weight but that’s what us weight cutting sports do. After the sauna I went and got some dinner, checked my email and headed back to the dorms to see my draw.
OK so, 3 of the Canadians on the team have pretty easy first rounds – and let me tell you, it is extreamly hard to get an easy first round at the Games, so Canada is sitting in good shape so far. I’m sorry to say, I was not one of them lol. Keith, Sasha, and our 78kg girl Marylise have first rounds that they will win, without a doubt! Frazer actually has the worst first round of the team because he fights the Dutch player who is currently the world champion.
I got matched up against the Player from Portugal in my first round – this player was 7th at the last Olympics and is a very tough fighter, I have never fought him in competition but I have trained with him before and I must say we are pretty even. That being said practice and tournament are two totally different things, I have worked hard for this moment and if someone is going to beat me, they are in for the fight of their lives! If I am on my game I think I have a good shot at making a semi final, but one match at a time – and like all Judo players know, things can change in a second during a match. If I win my first round match I will most likely be fighting the World Bronze medalist from Japan, who I also think, if I am on my game, I can beat. Well I’m off to bed, I don’t know how many more posts I will be putting up before I fight but I will continue for sure after my day is done! Wish me luck ..