I’m not even sure how to start this entry. I can’t get over how much fun last night was. I think it’s pretty awesome that I have my own video of Jenn Stuczynski breaking the American Record. It gets a little shaky at the end….because I jumped up and down screaming.
My goal this year at the Boston Indoor Games was not to sound like an idiot speaking to the athletes I met. I’d give myself a 50%…
This was my second time speaking to Jenn Stuczynski. Last year’s conversation was awkward enough for my friend Mary to ask, “What the &*^$ was that?” Okay, Okay. So I might have gotten a little starstruck. This year I had a couple people to fill in conversation, Mary & Sharikka. Good. Points for Chrissy.
I wish the second encounter went as well. After the meet was over, we went to take a group picture next to one of the Reebok signs. Steve Hooker was speaking to some people who were seemingly important, or at least I thought they were. They had badges around their necks. With the encouragement of my friends and camera in hand, I made my way over and waited politely. He smiled at me a bit while talking to the other guys. Oh my god, he’s so freaking tall. The other guys said congrats and left. Still in a trance over his height, he turned and said in thick Australian accent, “Would you like a photo?” I stood there confused, for what seemed like forever. Remembering my camera was in my hand, “Oh…right! Yes!”
He might not even be that tall, maybe just to me at 5’5″. He bent down to about my level. “I’m a pole vaulter too!!!” Oh man…that’s one of those “could have had a V8″ and slap my head moments I wish I could take back. “ALRIGHT!” He said back. I shook his hand, said thanks and good job.
When I tell people of my amazing night and meeting these elite vaulters they say, “Did you ask them for advice?” I could have really used these opportunities! Arghhh, they were so nice too!…Man, I wish I were cooler.
That is my new goal for next year.