Today is travel day to the 2021 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. I was fortunate enough to see and compete in the new Hayward Field stadium earlier this year for The Grad Prix meet.
I was able to get back home (Florence, New Jersey) for a great week of training and some needed family time. If I missed you, I’m sorry… I wasn’t home long. I’ll be back on the 10th of July
to celebrate with you all. Looking forward to it since 2020 made us change our plans. I can always feel the love and support when I come back to town. It’s like pulling into a gas station saying “fill her”.
So here we are back where my international career started at the wise old age of 17. I threw in the World meet as a senior just graduating from Florence.
It was my first trip to Hayward Field. I remember throwing in a field where everyone seemed to have coaches to turn to and get feedback to what they were doing wrong and instructions on how to correct it. All I had was the usual Mom, Dad and the pride I carry in my heart hearing “Curtis Thompson from Florence, New Jersey” and I was able to make my first USA team.
Things are different now. Well I don’t have Coach April (I really miss those days), but I still feel the love from my Florence family, State family, USA Javelin Project family and you supporting me by reading my ramble as I sit in the airport with a 4 hour layover in Phoenix, ready and excited to get to Oregon today and take care of the next step of the journey this meet. I will compete Saturday (6/19/21) where each athlete is given 3 throws to try and place in the top 12. If I place top 12 then I get to compete the final day on Monday (6/21/21). So in the meantime, I have covid testing, uniform inspection, Javelin inspection, practice and then I’ll relax and meet up with the rest of USA Javelin Project and eat good food.