Olympic Diary - Day Three, Feb. 10, 2002Feb. 11, 2002
Baylor University graduate Erika Snoberger, who is covering all speed skating events for the U.S. Olympic Committee at the Winter Olympics, is filing a daily diary with Baylor Public Relations, as she experiences the "shining moments" that only the Games can provide.
Day Three - Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002
Today was the first day of the ladies' speedskating events, and even though we didn't win a medal, the U.S. women skated great!
People seemed disappointed that the U.S. frontrunner, Jennifer Rodriguez, didn't medal, but she set a personal best and a new American record! It was really exciting to watch.
It is starting to get more crowded everywhere here in Salt Lake. I ride the city's light rail system to work, and this morning it was packed! SLC has really good public transportation, though, and it makes getting around really easy. There is almost no driving area in the part of downtown where I work.
This week, it is my goal to get out and see some of non-Olympic city! You get so focused on one thing (in my case, speed skating), that it's hard to keep up with everything else going on! I have heard so many SLC residents saying that it doesn't even seem like the same city anymore. Down here, it's like one big party 24 hours a day! I was walking to the train station last night and all through downtown, you could hear a rock concert going on just a few blocks away!
It's kind of nice, though, because everything is open all the time. I know the residents get a little annoyed with all the people, but I think they'll miss all of this when it's gone.