As I contemplated what I wanted to share about my experience as a Track and Field Junior Olympian’s Mom I pondered on a recent ESPN Magazine June’12 article that proclaimed that Lauren is…
“A potential Olympian and one of the top 33 women that will change the way sports is played”
That’s is a big goal to fill. I feel like I am approaching the top of the roller coaster just about to drop down, just to be brought back up to the top for more thrills, frights and a lot more twists and turns to come.
After all, we as a family have just gotten started in the amusement park of elite competition. Just like getting off of one ride rushing on to the next for more excitement as well as a bit of the unknown. This is my life as TrackMom.
In many ways with the conclusion of our 6th Championship Season, most would think our summer trek across the country would be old hat, a walk in the park. Nothing could be further from the truth.
While very little about any of the previous years of competition is very similar looking, and vaguely feeling like I have done this before. This year’s competitions brings one ever present very familiar constant. Expectation, Hope and Belief that Lauren can and will perform her best. By the time the competitions were over on August 4th, 2012 the USATF and AAU Junior Olympics Championship yielded Lauren 2 bronze (3rd place) 100m 200m medals at the USATF Junior Olympics and 2 Gold (1st place) 100m 200m medals in the span of two fast paced weeks .
Before Lauren ran her races I whispered in her ear on each day including the final day as I have done so many times over the years since she was 6 ½ “ Now Go Meet Your Destiny” she smiles and walks away confidently.