Rio de Janiero is a one of kind city in a one of kind country. For more than 10,000 athletes it’s also a one of kind chance to compete for gold, but sometimes the chance of a lifetime is bigger than even the Olympics.
“It’s beautiful and I’ve never been to a place like this before,” Team USA pole vaulter Lexi Weeks said.
It’s a year of first for Weeks: Her first Olympics following her first season pole vaulting for the Arkansas Razorbacks in her first year of college.
“The coolest part for me is being able to see people from across the world,” Weeks said.
This trip to Rio, Brazil is also her first time out of the United States.
“I think it’s a pretty special time to leave the country and the first time is for the Olympics,” Weeks said.
Her family will join her in Rio in a few days, but she’s not alone. Her Razorback teammate is on Team USA with her.
“Luckily for me, I get to room with Sandi, so we are in a very small room, but we know each other, we’ve been teammates and I think it will help us get to know each other a little bit better, being in a tiny room together,” Weeks said.
Another first for Lexi is staying at the athletes village with 10,500 other Olympics athletes, but let’s be honest, Lexi is jumping Olympic glory so training has to continue.
“Everyday we will probably be at the naval academy training and getting in some vaulting also,” Weeks said.
Next Tuesday is the first round of pole vault and for this 19-year-old another first as well.
“It’s going to become real at that moment, like I’m about to compete for Team USA, and I’ve got to give it my all.”
A first time Olympian spending her first days out of the country, maybe leading up to a first gold medal.