TrackTown, USA: There are two days off from the Olympic Trials. They are called rest days, but I am unsure if the rest is for the athletes or the fans?
Dave and I had the opportunity for a tour of the athletic facilities under/inside the new Hayward Field stadium, so we jumped at the chance. Several years ago, we contributed funds for the construction, with a designation to honor Dave's college coach, Bill Dellinger. In the end, they built a lounge for the coaches and named it for Dellinger. We were finally able to see the room today.
Posers! Donors names are carved in the wooden arch to the entrance to the tower at Hayward Field. Our tour was led by Assistant Athletic Director Jill Steele, and we were joined by several other donors/past athletes. To say the facilities for the athletes is outstanding is such an understatement. Everything is over-the-top, with so many details. Art is everywhere, and the rich history of the sport at the University is heralded on every wall.
Close-up of the weight room mats: CITIUS - ALTIUS - FORTIUS. The Olympic motto: FASTER - HIGHER - STRONGER.
After seeing the physical therapy and medical facilities, we came around the corner to find the coaches lounge:
There is a little area for snacks and drinks on one end, and the other end has seating and a television. The walls are lined with more memorabilia.
Thank you, Ms. Steele, for this behind-the-scene tour of the best athletics facility in the USA world.
After a late lunch meeting, we returned to our bus to meet a bus washer, and finally get the road grime off this beast. The Magna Peregrinus looks so much better now... and after having yet another late lunch, we ended up with only small appetizer plates for dinner. Again.
Until my next update, I remain, your impressed correspondent.