Team USA’s NEO Immersion

“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”

After my first two weeks back with Team USA, I had the chance to join 16 of the USOC‘s newest employees for our orientation at the Olympic Training Center.

We began the day in the tradition of the Games, with an Opening Ceremony, where we staged our own torch relay and the cauldron was lit. After a series of presentations from different departments, we were taken on a quick tour of the OTC. I had the unique opportunity to live at the Olympic Training Center while interning. So while for me, it feels like a second home, watching the wonder and awe in the eyes of those who are seeing the OTC for the first time never gets old.

We then had lunch in the dining hall with some of the resident athletes, including J.R. Celski, Tharon Drake, and Katie Uhlaender. USA Shooting was next on the docket, where me met with members of the national team, who demonstrated air rifle and air pistol. After returning to the Presidents’ Room, we completed more team bonding activities before participating in the Closing Ceremony, where the cauldron was extinguished.

I’m an Olympic nerd. This is no secret. But participating in Immersion only heightened my appreciation for the USOC and the organization I chose to return to.

On the bright side… only 601 days, 2 hours, 10 minutes, and 28 seconds until Rio de Janeiro!

Go Team USA!


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