Written on August 7, 2012 at 10:05 am , by Jenna Autuori
Among all the amazing wins going on in London, the USA still has a handful of exciting events to go! And even though we’re trailing China by one medal to be the “winner of winners”, the games and races coming up may change all that. The US ladies soccer team scored the final goal to beat Canada (congratulations Alex Morgan!) and are on their way to redemption in the finals against Japan. Serena Williams won her first singles gold medal (we loved that happy dance!)—while she and Venus took home the gold in doubles too! Teen swimming sensation and newcomer to the pool, Missy Franklin, nabbed four medals, three of them gold; perhaps on the heels of becoming the female version of Phelps? And who can forget the Fab Five winning the team gold— and Gabby Douglas being named the top honor of all-around champion?
But gold medals aren’t just what we’re after; simply making an Olympic team is the biggest honor of all. McKayla Maroney on the vault is walking away with a silver medal, as is the speedy Carmelita Jeter in the women’s 100 meter. The list goes on and on, but coming up is the must anticipated Lolo Jones in 100 meter hurdles (semi and finals airs tonight!) and our favorite beach babes, Kerri Walsh and Misty May Treanor going up against China in the semi-finals today.
We got to chat with one of our favorite cover girls, Kerri Walsh, when she stopped by the Oakley Safehouse in London. The Safehouse is just that, a safe haven for Oakley athletes at the Olympics to rest, relax and find some private space away from any distractions the games are sure to throw at them.
What’s it like playing such late games? It looks cold out there!
My favorite Olympian of all-time, Natalie Cook, our coach has done a great job of preparing us. We train every night at 10:00pm and get home at 12 in the morning. We’re trying to figure out our process. We’re in a really good rhythm with it now.
Read on to find out how the Olympian balances mom time and game time!
You’re a mom and your kids and husband are right there with you at the Games. How are you juggling it all on the biggest sports stage?
Even if I am tired at 11 which generally I am–I’m a mom, that’s what happens–it doesn’t matter because the Olympic spirit is so huge and the adrenaline is pumping so hard. We’re definitely ramping up. The first match there are so much jitters. We only spend an hour on the [competition] venue before we are able to compete on it so your still trying to figure out the wind and the lights.
I didn’t know if [my kids] were going to make it the other night so after we won I looked up and see them saying “mommy” and they have these big smiles and they’re wearing their Oakley gear…they’re the cutest things in the world. It just makes me so proud, and more inspired, and even more determined to do this the right way.
This is your third time at the Olympics. What are your goals?
My goal is to keep our opponents down to zero points, ideally. I am living my dream. To win a gold medal, knock on wood, with my family here would be the ultimate and I plan on making the ultimate come true.