Editor’s note: Carlo Prandini and wife Theresa of Clovis, along with daughter Chrissy and son Mark, are providing updates on their and daughter Jenna’s Olympics experience as she competes for Team USA. Jenna reached the semifinals of the 200 meters for Team USA, but finished just short of qualifying for the eight-woman final. Here are Carlo’s final thoughts on the journey:
Tuesday night didn’t end up with the result Jenna wanted as she just missed the finals, but she is determined to bounce back and grow from this spectacular experience.
Since Jenna didn’t have to compete Wednesday, we were able to spend most of the day with her. She took the bus to the outdoor volleyball venue from the Olympic Village where we met her for a quick look around the Copacabana Beach area. Then we all taxied over to the USA House a few miles away at Ipanema Beach.
The USA House is a refurbished school that serves as a place for USA athletes to meet and socialize with family and friends. After registering, we were able to roam through the cafe, displays and roof-top lounge with a spectacular view of the beach and skyline. We spotted IAAF President Sebastian Coe, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Will Clay (silver medalist in the triple jump) and USA soccer star Alex Morgan visiting as well.
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It was great to visit with no timeline and good for Jenna to decompress.
After another cramped taxi ride back to Copacabana Beach for dinner, we put Jenna back on the bus to the Olympic Village.
The next few days we will continue seeing the sites and watching the remaining track competitions. It’s been a memorable trip for us all. We so appreciate all the support and positive wishes from people back home. We are very proud of Jenna!