When I Grow Up, I Want to be an Olympian

At the Head of the Charles Regatta, Team USA had set up a pop up center where you can meet Olympians, take pictures with replica medals and Olympic torches, interactive games and much more. I didn't know about this until the night before when I was researching the Charles Regatta. I saw Ryan Lochte would be there on Sunday and instantly knew I had to stop by, as Lochte is one of my favorite swimmers.

After watching the Regatta for a while, I headed over to the Road to Rio center and discovered all the fun things I could do there. While waiting to meet Ryan Lochte, I discovered I could take a picture with a replica gold medal. Of course, I wasn't going to pass this moment up. I've always wanted to win a gold medal for Team USA, so I knew this was the only chance I would have to stand on a podium with a gold medal {{ even if it was a replica }} and I made the most of my opportunity.

After my gold medal photo op, I met Esther Lofgren, Olympic rower + gold medalist. She was very nice and complimented my scarf. I told her I liked bright colors. I was surprised when she let me hold her gold medal. I literally said: "Oh, wow, I get to hold this!!" I'm pretty sure she laughed at me. Let me tell you, gold medals are h e a v y. Lofgren was only there for a little while before she had to leave to participate in the Head of the Charles with her team. I also met Caryn Davies, Olympic rower, two-time gold medalist + silver medalist. Caryn just moved to Boston to begin her career as a lawyer. I was able to get her autograph {{ which is now hanging on my wall }}. She even let me pick which medal I wanted to hold for my photo op. Of course, I went with a gold medal. I should have posed with the gold medal from the Beijing Olympics - because it was really cool!

I had to wait a bit, but I finally met Olympic swimmer, Ryan Lochte. Lochte is a four-time gold medalist, two-time silver medalist, and three-time bronze medalist. While I was waiting in line, I noticed he was on top of one of the trailers that I was standing next to. He was Periscoping and I made it into his Periscope. NBD. He turned the camera to show the crowd and you can tell who I am by the bright pink scarf I'm wearing {{ It's good to wear bright colors, I'm telling you }}. When it was time for him to take his seat behind the table, he walked right past me. I stood in line and finally made my way up to the front. The lady taking pictures accidentally took a picture of Lochte and the guy before me, so it broke the ice a little because we all laughed. I was able to get my picture with Lochte and got his autograph. I told him I was a big fan. In true Bri fashion, I had to think of something to say on the fly and all I could come up with was: "I like your red shoes." He thanked me and said he liked them too. Then I left. Let me just tell you, his eyes are so blue, they are so gorgeous and he is quite handsome in person.

The final Olympic athlete I met was Daniel Walsh. Walsh is an Olympic rower and bronze medalist. He was so nice and I chatted with him for quite a while. It was freezing out, so I had to apologize for my freezing hands {{ yet, another thing only I would do }}. We talked about Boston, the weather, the different merchandise that was available to buy, and other things. He even let me hold his bronze medal.

These Olympians were so nice! I've always dreamed of being an Olympian, unfortunately, I am highly competitive, just not highly athletic. Maybe I can get a gold medal in skeet shooting? However, I can cross two things off of my bucket list: >> Meet an Olympian. >> Meet Ryan Lochte.

The Road to Rio tour is continuing next year! See if it is coming to a city near you! I'm not sure if it will be the same Olympians every time, but you should go regardless - it will not disappoint!

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