I decided to stay and participate in the closing ceremonies. What a fantastic ending to my Olympic journey. Parading through the stadium again with my fellow Olympians – from all the delegations – is something I won’t soon forget.
I’d like to take a brief minute to thank all the fans, supporters, sponsors, teammates, coaches – all of you who have been part of this. I had a wonderful time in London and I couldn’t have done it without all of your help and support.
I hope I made you all proud by the way I competed. I would have liked to medal but I’ll settle for three personal records. Who knows what will happen for the next Olympics in Rio. I plan to be there, but I’ll take a little time to rest and reflect on this most recent experience.
For now, it is back to training and getting back to the normalcy of everyday life. While much has been written about my personal challenges leading into the Olympics, I was fortunate to have Solve Media step in as asponsor to give me an extra boost when I needed it. I previously mentioned the company in a post. Solve Media and I are thinking of different ways to spread the core message of this blog – strength is beauty – so keep a look out for us.
If you are not familiar with it already, Solve Media (www.solvemedia.com) is an advertising technology and security company. They change CAPTCHA security– the boxes that ask you to input squiggly text to prove that you are a human – into ads that ask you to type in the brand message from the advertiser. They even created an ad unit for me! These ads are incredibly memorable and powerful.
Again, thank you all for supporting me and reading this blog. The London Olympics may be over, but there’s plenty left for me to accomplish.