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July 26, 2012

After 4 years of training hard and preparing for a home Olympics it’s finally
here.  I am sat in the athletes Olympic village writing this blog. I have the
Olympic park in my view and I can see most of the great facilities where the
athletes will compete over the next couple of weeks. I arrived in the uk on
the 15th of July. I went straight to London where I was meeting the rest of the
team on the 16th. The first thing I did on my arrival was look at my Olympic
kit. I was gutted that I missed the kitting out day back in June so me and
swimmer Ellen Gandy had our own kitting out day in our hotel room! The kit is
great. It fits and looks great.

We came into the Olympic village for 2 days before we headed to Scotland to do our preparation camp. It was great to come into the village when it opened and get to know where everything is while
the village was quiet. All the athletes from all the different sports and
country’s stay in the village, there is a huge dining hall where you can eat
pretty much anything you like! There are shops, salons and cafes. There is
always stuff going on, it’s a great and exciting atmosphere.
We then headed up to Edinburgh for 6 days where we did our prep camp. We trained at the new
university pool up there which was great, the perfect facility for us to prepare. I spent most of that time recovering from my travels so I didn’t get to see much of Edinburgh. I headed into the city on my day off and it looks like a beautiful city, I would love to go back there one day and explore a bit
more!

We then headed back to the village. It’s completely different to when we were here a week ago. The place is buzzing, there is people everywhere! I keep looking out for famous athletes, So far I have seen Serena Williams, Michael phelps and Andy Murrey. I’m sure I will see plenty more over the next
couple of weeks.

I have 3 more days till I race. The pool is dressed with olympic  banners and it looks great! I’m really looking forward to it, it’s going to be an amazing experience.

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Kate’s last blog before she flys back for London 2012 !

July 5, 2012

At the end of May we travelled to America for 2 weeks to train and compete. We few into LA and stayed about 45mins away in a place called Irvine.  We raced at the Speedo Grand Challenge. Rebecca Soni who has just qualified for the USA Olympic team and Jessica Hardy the current world record holder were at this meet racing in the 100m BR.  My swims were solid but unfortunately I missed out on the top 3 and came 4th behind Rebecca, Jess and Sarah Katsoulis my fellow training partner.

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Whilst we were in Irvine we trained at lots of different pools. One of the days we went to LA to the University of Southern California where Rebecca and Jess train. It was great training with them and seeing how they train.

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We then flew to Santa Clara and raced at the meet there. Usually every year at this meet you get swimmers like Michael Phelps competing but unfortunately because they had their Olympic trials coming up lots of the big USA team members weren’t there. I raced well but again came away with a 4th place.

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America was great fun, we got to do lots of shopping and spend some time at the beach. We went for dinner near Hollywood one night and came across the premier for the film Snow White and the Huntsman so we saw some famous actors!

Training has been going really great the last few weeks. I have noticed big improvements in my training times and my starts and turns are starting to improve. I only have another week of really tough training before I start to do my taper!

I’m writing this blog with 2 weeks to go till I fly back to the UK. Only 4 weeks till I race! I’m getting really excited and I can’t wait to get back to the UK! The rest of the swim team got their Olympic kit this weekend. It all looks amazing and I cannot wait to wear mine!

We meet as a team on the 16th of July and go into the Olympic Village for 2 days. We are then heading up to Edinburgh to do our preparations before heading back into the village a few days before the Olympic Games start!

Bedroom in the Olympic Village where we stay during the London 2012 Games!

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