Blog #15: So Excited!!!!

Good luck to all the kiwis and all competitors in the eventing. Its cross country day! The weather is much cooler today, its cloudy and perfect conditions for going across the country.

So excited I can't take a decent selfie! First journalists in the XC media tent. Got a good spot and have everything sorted
So excited I can’t take a decent selfie! First journalists in the XC media tent. Got a good spot and have everything sorted

Its cross-country day and I’m SO EXCITED! I am now sitting in the newly set up media centre out by the end of the cross-country track. Di and I have walked up (about a kilometre from the main press centre at the Equestrian Venue) and found our spot, and scored a prized locker. We’ve even sussed out the mixed zone, walked through where they will cool the horses down (we won’t be allowed in there shortly) and can confirm there is good wifi here. We are surrounded by swearing photographers.

Media dramas to get through the security this morning
Media dramas to get through the security this morning

We’ve had a couple of dramas getting here, with more swearing photographers eventually getting their way and going through the security check reserved for “Olympic family” rather than through the volunteers’ line. We have been going through the Olympic family check every day, as we are here so early, whereas most Olympic family members will probably come a bit later (although I wouldn’t be surprised if the Johnstone family was already here!). Anyway, after a healthy debate, we got our way and through we went.

I’ve got lots to tell you about yesterday and perhaps that needs to be saved for a separate blog as I need to race back to the main media centre now and get the other supplies and lens that I need here.

Chris Ross - fingers crossed for the New Zealand riders today!
Chris Ross – fingers crossed for the New Zealand riders today!

As we walked up to this area (“hurry up Dobi”) we ran into Chris Ross for the first time. He was busy getting ready for a big day as one of the course builders. He will be stationed at fence four, the first water jump, so keep an eye out for him. He’s in yellow! He flies out tomorrow after being here for six weeks.

Hope you all get to see lots of the cross-country on TV in New Zealand (or wherever you are), and GO THE KIWIS!

I've got our flag up, we're good to go!
I’ve got our flag up, we’re good to go!