Merida And look at all those pins you've got there!All right, time for a timeout. There was a reason why I'd brought up those three names in particular. If you're a sports fan like me, you may know who they are, so I hope you won't mind me taking a little time and explaining who each is to those who don't follow sports as much.
Merida's Friend I think that means he's been playing in the Island Games (the Olympics) and that he's won some different things from the different games he's been playing!
Merida The horse riding (equestrian), right? You've got horses all over you!
Me Well, I'm certainly not Zara Phillips or anyone like that - the Queen's granddaughter? I'm certainly not her...I'm certainly not Andy Murray, I'm certainly not Sir Chris Hoy...
Me ...But I will tell you this. Four years ago, I was studying abroad in China a few months before the Games in Beijing...It was true - I had studied abroad for six weeks in China at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou a matter of months before the Olympics. We had gotten to see how the country was revving up, especially when the torch relay passed through Hangzhou. Since we felt that electricity and since we had brought a team of students and teachers to China, I felt compelled even more to treat it as our Olympics, so by the time I came to Orlando for the College Program, I had an idea of what it took to succeed on an international stage - and when I got there, I felt the same energy to the point that I also treated it as an Olympiad and even told one manager that I wanted to make sure I earned a gold medal by the end of the session. I think so much of it has to do with realizing that you have the chance to make your dreams come true with people from around the world watching - and also that it's time to go all-out not only for yourself, but for your family, your school and your country.
Me I got to see the Olympic Park up close...I came here a year after that (for my first College Program) and I felt the exact same energy and still do to this day.
Merida and Friends Wow!
Merida Very nice! We've got lots of nice archers here, don't we?