I once again stayed away from the hassle of negotiating the airport and caught a three and a half hour train ride from Lausanne to Paris. I sat back in my big first class seat, relaxed and enjoyed the countryside.
Paris is by far my favorite European city. There is tons of things to do here, from checking out the Louvre to walking down the Champs D'elyse. I will be here until the 10th of this month and I will surely be revisiting all of theses sites along with some new ones.
I am here competing once again for Team USA in the DecaNation's meet. In 2005, the first year of this particular competition, was the first time I donned a USA jersey for an international event. In 2005, I came second in the hurdles behind then World Champion Ladji Doucoure. I lost by a mere two hundredths of a second.
The setup for this meet is very unique. They only use the decathlon events and one person per country per event. There are eight countries, U.S.A., France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Great Britain, Morocco and Spain. It's a team scoring event, 10 points for first, 8 for second, 6 for third on down. Both men's and women's teams come together and the team with the most points at the end of the day wins the competition. So, of course, I am representing us in the 110 hurdles.
I got in around 5:30 ish and met up with the team members that are already here. We went down to the Latin Quarter and enjoyed a very nice meal (thanks USATF), then I had to hit the Italian gellato spot. I love gellato, I had biscotti and tiramisu flavors. That biscotti is the best I've ever had! Wish I could bring some back to the states. Me snacking as usual We were right around the corner from the famous Notre Dame cathederalI have a press conference in the morning, should be fun.
Pics courtesy of my Blackberry as usual. The thing is I have a camera in my backpack and never seem to take it out of the bag.