Competing in the Olympics is a moment of international significance and a tremendous personal accomplishment for any athlete. While competing in London, athletes are sharing their Olympic experiences with fans via Twitter. Their words help answer the question formed by the former athlete in all of us, how it feels to compete. Moreover, each athlete carries personal goals, her nation’s hopes, and in some cases the weight of fresh controversy.
Sprinter Allyson Felix, who bears the much debated withdrawal of training mate Jeneba Tarmoh from a planned runoff for the third spot on the 100m Olympic Team, declared the opening ceremony a time of reflection.
US Women’s National Soccer teammates, Hope Solo and Abby Wambach, return to the world’s stage following a disappointing loss to Japan in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final. They, understandably, hold a singular focus on winning a gold medal.
17-year-old Missy Franklin celebrated winning her first Olympic medal in the 4X100 freestyle relay.
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