Monday, September 1, 2008

One of my favorite memories...

One of the most memorable things that we did in China other than lifting in the Olympics has to be our trip to the Great Wall. With only a couple of hours of sleep you would think I would have been too tired to take a trip like that. But still on a high from the night before I was ready for an adventure and it did not disappoint!



This picture is of me, Dan, Ethan and my mother, Bonnie or "Nana" as she is so well known in our house hold.

There were a couple of different ways to "walk the wall". There was a cable car that took us up to the top and then you could either go left down the short way or right down the VERY long way. Nana was the more conservative one taking the short way and me, Dan, Ethan, Dr. Summers, his wife LeAnne, son Sean and Al (my teammate and assistant coach) all took the VERY LONG way down. Although it was a couple of miles of walking up and down large inclines with very small steps at times it was a lot of fun. Ethan and I raced up one of the inclines and all though he won (I let him). : )

Getting to the Great Wall was symbolic for a long but rewarding journey. Not just at the Wall but my Olympic journey as well. What a wonderful experience! Both the Wall and the Olympics!

49 comments:

Rachel Taylor said...

Oh my goodness! I "facebooked" with Christi tonight and she gave me your blog address. I am so proud of you! I'm thrilled that I've found you :) Keep in touch! -Rachel (Buce) Taylor

AprilA said...

So Cool! I'd be for taking the short way with your mom! :)

Christy said...

Hi Melanie,

My name is Christy Nielsen and i've been weightlifting pretty seriously for only about 8 months now. I'm hooked! I've been following your story since just before Beijing. I know you get it all the time, but just in case you need to hear it one more time, you're amazing! Congratulations on your Olympic journey. You did an outstanding job in China. I'm writing because I recently found out I'm pregnant with mine and my husband's #2 and wondered if you might have any training advice you could share with me. I know you're super busy but I would love to hear from you when you come up for air. Again, congratulations and thank you for being such a great example of perseverance and strength.

Christy
harpernielsen@gmail.com

behka said...

Melanie,
WOW! Dan forwarded your blog address and I just read through your Olympic journey. You are truly inspiring! Congrats on all you have accomplished, with weight lifting and with your family. Awesome stuff! Thanks for sharing.

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Melanie - Are you still working out? I'm an LA based writer currently working on a book interviewing mothers who are athletes. I would love a chance to talk with you some time soon as I am currently in Tacoma visiting family. Please contact me if you are interested, I would appreciate it so much.
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