Hack Chat with Tracy Sachtjen, Fifth Player of the USA Women’s Olympic Curling Team

by Free Speech on February 8, 2010

Lodi, WI~

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Lodi, WI
2/8/10

February 4, 2010 ~ 8 Days until the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games

Today is the day I am packing my bags for Vancouver.   I am having a hard time trying to figure out what to pack, I hear you get a lot of gear, but what about all the favorite things that we already have been sent?    I also, want to pack all the nice cards and signs that everyone has given me this week to hang all over our Condo and locker room to feel all their good vibes through the next few weeks.

This week has been a busy one, getting our final practices in, finishing up work before leaving and the exciting “Good Luck” send off parties.   Tuesday, my teammate, Nicole and I were honored at the Badger Men’s Basketball game versus Michigan State.   Right before the game started we took center court with Barry Alvarez, which was also the same time that the Michigan State players came out to court, “WOW”, you could just feel the energy in the Badger Fans.   I now understand what home field advantage really means at the Kohl Center, very intimidating.     Then Wednesday morning at 5AM our Lodi YMCA workout group got to train at the Lodi Curling Club.   We did a bit of a workout, then I taught them how to curl and we played a mini game.   It was a lot of fun.   That evening was my send off party at the Lodi Curling Club.   I have pretty much grown up at the curling club, my parents curled there when I was little, I would go cheer them on and then I started competing at the Lodi Curling Club myself.   It was a great evening, there were so many people there to send me off it was amazing.   The Mayor of Lodi, Mikel Bilkey came and declared it Tracy Sachtjen day on February 3, 2010, which was quite an honor.    It says something about living in a small city – I love LODI!   I can’t thank everyone enough, on all their support and well wishes, I am a very lucky person.

I also found out today that it is official, I am the eldest female USA athlete in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, oh geez!

Chat with you soon from Vancouver~

Tracy

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