Jan. 21, 2014
After returning to Shanghai, we were fortunate enough to be invited by the Chinese team to celebrate Chinese New Years with them. In China, New Years occurs at a different time than we generally celebrate it in North America. Their celebration lasts for a week and usually takes place on the last weekend of January or during the start of February.
We got to eat one last traditional Chinese dinner that night and got to watch the Chinese divers do little performances that they had put together previous to that night. Some of them would sing, and some would dance. It is very traditional for them to do a small performance at the New Years dinner in front of their coaches and diving administration. It was very entertaining to say the least.
The next morning was our last platform practice of the trip. We all have to admit that even though platform is more frightening to dive from, because of the height, it is definitely all of our favorite event to compete and to practice. After training that day, we said our goodbyes to all of the divers and coaches and thanked them for everything they did for us.
The trip was such an eye opening experience. We learned a lot about a very different culture as well as seeing how the Chinese actually train. We couldn't be anymore grateful to be able to have the opportunity to take in all of the sights we saw in the past two weeks.
Seeing how talented the Chinese divers were was very inspiring and was great to send us off to conference ready to grab a few 2014 MW Championship titles for the Wolf Pack.