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Hello everyone!

I know, I know, it has been awhile since I have posted anything, but I am not really doing anything exciting right now.  Yoga and school are basically what is taking up my ‘free time’ right now. I will be getting all dolled up for one of my friend’s prom next Friday, and, of course, procrastinating working on a term paper due next week.  The usual teenager stuff right? Well how many ‘usual teenagers’ can say they can Google themselves, and they are one of the top searches?

For those of you who do not know what I am talking about, I want you to check something out!  Go to google.ca and search Emily Gray.  Now, just let it give you the top search results, and Emily Gray curling will pop up.  Cool, right?  No, probably not, but hey, I think it’s kind of cool!

Also, something cool, I am in my yearbook!  And yes, I know that my school picture, and my team picture from Cross Country are there, but I mean for the Olympics!! I have yet to see the article, but I will hunt it down within the next couple of days!! We also have a bulletin board at our school, and they have the article from when they announced the Youth Olympic Team posted on it.  I have seen and read that article many times, but it was still awesome to see on the wall there!  One of my teachers noticed me reading it and came over and congratulated me.

It really doesn’t feel, well, real!  I have never been to nationals, only Canada Games, so I really don’t understand or can comprehend how big the stage is.  Yes, the Canada Games was pretty huge, but I had so much fun there it just felt almost like a massive party or something, and everyone was just there to have a good time, and not worry about the competition.  Yes, a major part of the week for everyone was the competition, but everyone managed to make the best of their free time, either jamming on the guitars, playing games on Xbox Kinect, or just grab some ice cream in the cafeteria.  And yes, I know it was not supposed to be part of the diet, but we were aloud one LEVEL scoop of moon mist ice cream at the end of the day (LOVE YOU COACHES!).

I miss the Canada Games so much, I wish I could go back!  But there are bigger things awaiting me!

Thanks for reading!

Em

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
Oscar Wilde

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Posted on: May 11, 2011

Hello Everyone,

Today I was contacted by a man by the name of Danny Lamoureux from the Canadian Curling Association asking if I would keep an official blog about the Youth Olypimcs.  It’s only about one post a month until October when they will be more frequent, at two posts a month, until January.

I am so excited to do this!  I cannot wait until June when I get to write my first post!   However, on the flip side, I am very nervous.  This is a national level blog and right now there is not a whole lot going on with the Junior Olympics, considering it is our off-season, but I am sure I will find something to write about!  If my fingers move like my mouth do, I could be writing for days!

I will post the link to the blog once I get it.  I only found out about six hours ago, so I haven’t exactly gotten the details yet.  I will post it here, and possibly on the Facebook group page (Youth Olympic Canadian Curling Team), as soon as I possibly can.

I will also keep up with this blog, especially coming closer to January and when we leave.  I will probably be updating this blog day by day while I am in Austria, whereas the official blog will only be updated before I leave, and after I get back (as far as I know).

Thank you for all of those who check my blog, and read the posts!  It is awesome logging on and seeing the ‘site stats’ so high on weekend when I am away.  I know it means that everyone at home is following my progress on a national team, and it means a lot to me to get all this support!

I also want to start something new, and hopefully I will be able to do this on my new blog, and that is posting a quote at the end of every post.  Quotes really set in for me, and I use them everywhere I go as a method of self-talk, I guess you could call it.  But, sometimes, it really pushes me that extra few feet of sweeping, or that next kilometer of running.  I hope you will all carry these quotes with you, and remember them.  You really never know when they might pop into your head and push you just a little bit further!!

Good night everyone,

Em

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

So, I have recently just wrapped up an awesome weekend at the Saville Sports Center in Edmonton, Alberta.  To say it was an unbelievable experience would be an understatement!  Since we were the youngest team by two or three years, it was slightly intimidating going up against people like Rachel Homan and Scott Howard!  But it was crazy to just be able to see and meet everyone.  We were not singled out because we were young, we were accepted as if we were the same age, and had the same accomplishments as everyone there!

I learned a lot this weekend!  There were so many great presenters and coaches and just people in general that had so much knowledge to share that it was overwhelming the amount of information that we got in a short span of only two days.  It was really cool to just go there and experience everything.  Being able to talk to people like Jeff Stoughton and Cathy Overton like they were people you have known for years was almost unreal.  Jeff was with my group when we did out physical fitness tests and he got right into it and did almost everything we were doing (mind you, I will add that he did NOT compete in the beep test, so he had an unfair advantage over us since we were already tired!).

I guess in a way we are turning and becoming a part of the ‘elite’ curlers.  This camp was very much elite, and it was like nothing I have been to before.  It is cool to see us grow together as a team.  We have preached this many times that the Canadian Curling Association could not have picked a better matched 4 people who are so much alike.  Corryn and Thomas are almost carbon copies of each other, and it’s the same with Derek and I.  So, we are developing at the same rate, in a way.  Yes, Thomas has been to nationals 5 times, and Corryn and Derek were both medalists at the Canada Winter Games, it seems that this is all coming to us at the same rate, and we are developing this ‘elite’ curling appearance or personality together, and it is really truly an amazing experience!

To say I am going to miss this team when all is said and done is such an understatement.  I know that I am not going to see them again until August, and I already miss them like crazy!  It sucks that we don’t live closer, but I am sure we will cross paths again after the olympics, either at nationals or the Scotties/Brier, maybe even in some Slam events when we get older.  It is crazy to think of the opportunities that are coming and that are going to continue to come through the Youth Olympics!

I will leave you with this — all these aches and pains and fatigue and exhaustion are so worth it.  You always have to push yourself further to achieve greater things.  The only way you can have disappointment is if you don’t give 110%.  If you give it your all, then there is nothing to be disappointed about.

Em



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