But, as an athlete it's not excitement I feel but rather a desire to be prepared. To know I'm in the best possible shape I could be, and that I couldn't have prepared any better. You could liken this preparation phase to that of taking a final exam. I'm not sure excitement encapsulates this experience, especially when you are an athlete competiting at the end of the Games. I am relieved and gratful to be have been named to the Canadian Olympic team -- making it on the merit of my hard work, dedication and perseverance. However, my qualification is merely a check point I had to pass to enter the next round.