>Windsurfer Bob Willis updates us from the 2011 Pan American Games.
The Pan American Games occur once every four years, one year before the Olympics. The games include Olympic sports and non-Olympic sports and provide athletes a great way to tune up and for some sports, qualify for the Olympics. For aspiring Olympic sailors, this event does not count towards our Olympic selection.
The event thus far has been an incredible experience and I am extremely proud to be representing the USA in windsurfing here in Mexico. Unlike traditional sailing regattas, there is much more activity and excitement around the village and the event sites as there are a variety of different athletes from all over the Americas competing in a number of different sports. It has been a relief interacting, supporting and learning about other Team USA athletes that are working toward the same goal as the US Sailing Team.
The arrival process for this event was an adventure. Team USA was flown into Houston for one night of team processing. We received an abundant amount of Nike Team USA apparel and had a relaxing night at the Sheraton Hotel…for the most part. As you may recall from last update, I had a snoring roommate problem at the Olympic Test Event. Well, it happened again! This time, however, I knew what to do and resolved the issue immediately. I swapped roommates and now I am sleeping with the quietest sleeper in our group. During the past 2 events, I have gone through 4 roommates and I am officially known as the lightest sleeper on the team, I am okay with that though!
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