Saturday, January 2, 2010

Blogging for Dummies

When I heard I would be writing a blog upon my acceptance into In the Arena I found it a bit humorous.  I am, to say the least, not the most technically savvy person, so the thought of something like a blog is pretty intimidating.  To be honest, I only found out what a blog was just recently.  I am the girl that can barely figure out how to use her berry-less cell phone and gets made fun of by teammates for not knowing what Twitter is and how Facebook works. I am pretty confident my 80-year old grandma has more technical knowledge then I do.  I am proud to say I at least finally figured out how to work almost all the functions of my iPod and that was mostly thanks to my younger sister and "iPods for Dummies."  So, I guess it is time to get up with the times and figure out how to make this blog happen.

Before we get started on our internet relationship, allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Emily Azevedo and I am currently a brakeman or I guess technically a brakewoman on the U.S National Bobsled team.  Now, I realize as soon as you read the word bobsled a million questions come to mind, so allow me to answer them so we can move forward with our cyber-connection.  Yes, bobsled is in fact the sport in which you see the Jamaicans competing in the Disney movie "Cool Runnings." And yes, in fact, I have seen the movie and also own it, but sadly to say I am not Jamaican.

I became involved in the sport in 2006 after watching the Olympic Games with my college roommates at the University of California, Davis.  I had just graduated from college and was not sure of my next step in life.  I was done with my collegiate track career and long story short thought that bobsled would be a great way to put off the real world while getting a chance to compete for Team USA.  Of course I told my parents I thought it would help me make some connections for jobs, and that I just wanted to try it out.  I was sure there would be a way to utilize my Exercise Biology degree bobsledding, right?  It took my mom a few years to stop leaving newspaper clippings of potential jobs on my desk, but I think she has finally come to terms with the ‘career’ I have chosen (of course career is used VERY loosely as most people with careers get paychecks).  I have crashed.  In fact I have crashed many times and some by my own doing attempting to drive.  The fastest track in the world is currently the new Olympic track in Whistler, where four-man sleds were clocked at 95mph.

So, now that we have gotten to know each other a little better and you have been given the crash (not a word we like to use much in the bobsled) course on my sport I am confident we will be able to move forward as I begin to learn the ins and outs of the internet blogging world. Maybe I will go find "Blogging for Dummies" for the next time.   


Christi Everett said...

Emily,we couldn't be more proud of you!!!!!! I am so excited to watch you do your thing, as Chico is behind you, all the way. CONGRATULATIONS, with wishes for the best outcome, ever!!!!!

adampresslersmith said...

WOW!!! Emily I am so proud of you! I always knew you had a very bright future and look at how far you have gone!!

CONGRATS and I wish you all the best!!