Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Absent For the First Time for the Pan American Games

Friday, October 14, 2011 is the opening ceremony for the 2011 Pan American Games, and it will be the first PanAmerican Games in my entire athletic career which I will not be attending.  Due to the scheduling of this year’s PanAmerican Games, I have decided to opt out from competing in this year’s Games… and I’m not a lone.It’s a tough scheduling as it runs from October 14 – 30, just 9 months from the 2012 Olympic Games, which themselves are earlier than normal.  I must admit, I wrestled 2 years ago with how I may be able to fit it in my schedule, but had to eventually accept that it wouldn’t work.  The biggest problem is that it is difficult to manage an optimal periodization training plan for the Olympic Games, while attempting to have a great performance at the Pan American Games, for my event.  Specifically, in my training currently, this is a loading phase – the polar opposite of the type of training I do during my competition phase.
Pan American Games is dear to me, as it is my first medal I ever won at a major Games.  I won Bronze in the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg and Silver in 2007 in Rio de Janeiro, with a performance just 1cm shy of the Games record.   I am very pleased with my Pan American Games journey.  I would only want to return if I could better my performance in 2007 and win gold; and that would mean having a program where I peaked for the Pan American Games… but given the required periodization program, it would also mean I would compromise my future performance in London, and have placed myself in the territory of possible injury with the lengthened competition season.But, one should not underestimate the relevance of the Pan American Games.  To give you some perspective of this year’s game it is actually larger than the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.  It will involve over 6,000 athletes in 40 sports.   The 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games had approximately 2,600 athletes from 15 sports.  So, it is quite a competitive team.
In 2015, Toronto will host the next Pan American Games, so these Games are that much more important for Canada, as it is the penultimate to both the Olympic Games and our hosting of this event!  (While, I will no longer be competing in 2015, I’m pleased to say I will be involved in the Pan American Games, as an Athlete Council Advisory Committee Member, along side some other pretty incredible athletes!)  Additionally, the Pan American Games also serves as an Olympic Games qualifier for 15 sports… so for those sports the pressure is on!
Although Canada is sending a smaller team then normal, I am confident we will deliver when it comes to performance, just the same.  In 2007, we finished 4th overall, and so I have high hopes for this year.  I may not be there competing, but I’ll be there in spirit, cheering on my fellow Canadian teammates, and hoping their endeavor provides them with the results they hope to achieve!
Go Canada!
Nicole




To find out more and show your support, visit the CanadianOlympic Committee’s website and the Pan AmericanGames website.  The athletes competing can use all the support they can get.  There is something sweet about being in the village and reading a random email or letter from a stranger showing their supporting.  We appreciate it and we love it!




6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Actually Nicole Canada will be sending its largest team ever to a Pan American Games (minus the home games in 99 and 67), with 493 athletes.

Anonymous said...

I believe she is stating a smaller Athletics squad than normal. R.

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Nicole Wendy Forrester said...

Yes, for Athletics we are only sending a team of 17 as oppose to 45 athletes we had in the last Pan American Games... Athletics is among the teams that generally carries the largest number of athletes on a given Games team. So, this is a small team for us.

Additionally, we've been able to provide great podium performances at the Pan American Games, however, this year many of us (athletics) will not be competing, including myself. It isn't an easy schedule for Athletics. However, for other sports it works nicely AND it is an Olympic Qualifier!

Overall, I believe it should be a good games for Canada and I am hopeful across our various sports competing, the Canadian anthem will be heard many times! Go CANADA!

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