Day 8

Track Town, USA:  Though it seems to me these Olympic Track & Field Trials have been happening for over a month, it has, in fact, been only eight days. My brain is barely functioning from so little sleep and I am only a fan. I can't even imagine how tired the athletes (and DT) must feel.

Since the fan festival did not open until noon, I met my sister and niece and we had a lovely brunch downtown Eugene before heading over to the track. Renee and Carla spent quite a bit of time exploring the fan festival.

There was also big excitement for our family - Baby Leo and DT made the daily program!

the other day - it is Leo and Dave with their heads in cutouts of Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee in the children's play area inside the fan festival. Long story short, I was asked to provide a large-size file of the photo for the program on the "fan photo" page, and I did.

Jordan Kent & Nick Symmonds

And since I have never been able to watch the show - or any television coverage of the meet at all - I am afraid I can only imagine what these costumes were about... and you probably do not want to know where my frazzled mind was wandering.

Photo by Jules T.

Matthew posed with Renee and me - and many others at the celebration...

test for performance-enhancing drugs.

Luckily cookies are not on the banned-substance list.

Gary, Alberto & DT
Photo by Jules (Gary is her husband)

Even DT finally relaxed (a bit). Here he is enjoying a frosty beverage with fellow committee member Gary, and Alberto Salazar. Salazar helped train Centrowitz into premier racing shape over the past few months. Alberto and Dave were track and cross-country teammates with Matthew's dad in the 1970's at the University of Oregon.

At 8 o'clock the music stopped, the trials were officially over and all the fans went home. Immediately hundreds of workers descended on the site and began dismantling the temporary facility.

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