July 26th, 2012

Letters From London - Introduction

Caroline Burckle

Staff Reporter

Letters From London - Introduction
photo from Caroline Burckle

Bronze medalist from Beijing introduces herself to LCSN followers

Olympic Bronze medalist Caroline Burckle blogs from the London 2012 Olympic games for LouisvilleCatholicSports.com. She will write about her brother Clark's quest for an Olympic medal and will be our eyes and ears as she takes in the sights and sounds of the London Games. All exclusively for the Louisville Catholic Sports Network.

Well, here goes a brand new, first time journey for me in SO many ways! You all may be thinking, “Wait, how is this new for her? She's been before!”

Let me start by stating the obvious. I LOVE to talk. But writing? Never done blogging or "reporting" quite like this before and I am secretly thrilled. Thus, new journey No.1.

I am going to London. To the Olympics. New journey No. 2. How so? Being on the outside of the sport at this point in my life is the coolest thing to experience. I am witnessing what dedication, guts, determination, sheer love for competition, and camaraderie is like from a different perspective. It truly makes me appreciate and not take for granted what I was privileged to be a part of for many years. I can't wait to get to London to see it first-hand. And to know that each and every athlete has sacrificed numerous things their entire lives for this moment. I have chills as I am writing this.

New journey No. 3? Well, it's the most important to me. The biggest! My brother, basically my twin, is about to embark on what he will soon find out to be the beginning of his life. I say this only because, in my mind, this is the start of great things for him. Sure, it's the pinnacle of a swimming career. But of his life? It is going to be the barrier to break him into the great world of possibilities, in and out of the pool. I couldn't be more anxious, excited, proud, calm, collected, and giddy—all wrapped in one big-sis package!

Let the 'Clark' Griswold Lampoon Summer Vacation begin!


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