Mary Yarrison diary: Aug. 16
Greetings from Bangkok, Thailand -- home of the pastry with a mystery filling, constant and inescapable heat and humidity, and the 2007 World University Games.
(Senior UT diver) Jessica Livingston and I arrived here from San Francisco 10 days ago to compete for the United States, along with a handful of UT swimmers and a couple of UT tennis players competing for other countries (Luis Diaz Barriga for Mexico, Vanja Corovic for Serbia).
We spent the week before the start of competition practicing, getting used to the 12-hour time change, sweating profusely and buying virtually anything we could get our hands on. Now that the meet is underway, we're focused more on diving than bargain-hunting and trading our wildly popular American belongings for clothes and knick-knacks from other countries.
Jessica competed Monday in the women's 10-meter platform preliminary and semi-final, and she sits in 10th going into Friday's finals. I competed in the one-meter yesterday and finished third to get the first American medal of the meet. I also competed in the three-meter Thursday evening and finished sixth in the preliminary and 14th in the semi-final.
Overall, it has been quite a successful trip, and with just two days left, the U.S. is in the hunt for a team medal, to which both Jessica and I have contributed greatly. You can keep up with the remainder of the meet at www.info.Bangkok2007.com, which I encourage you to check out if you happen to be awake in the middle of the night in Austin. We'll also try to get you positive results as they come.