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Today marks ONE WEEK before we leave for the Pan Am Games!!! I think I can speak for the rest of the team when I say that we are very excited to compete in Toronto. These are our games and we are so happy to be celebrating our achievements, thus far, with our home country. It is going to be a very BIG, very exciting experience for us. Most of this team has not competed at a Pan Am Games, so we are going to soak in every minute of it.
I think it’s very fair to say that we have had our share of ups and downs this year. Like any team, we have been working out the kinks and have been striving to make our routines ones that the audience, and the judges, will remember… Over the last 175 days we have become so much more of a unit; One team that will compete together and win together. Whether that is a gold medal around our necks or the satisfaction of having a “best swim”, we will be smiling. I am proud to say that these girls are my family and every day they show me how strong they are. As a group, we can move mountains.
Heading to Toronto soon, I would like to say a quick thank you to everyone who has supported this journey. The coaches and athletes could not have made it this far without our tremendous staff of experts and of course the family and friends that keep us sane on a daily basis. Your listening ears…. well, reading minds, that keep this blog filled with viewers is an inspiration in itself. So THANK YOU!!
Now, go share!!! Share our journey with your friends and family! Throughout the Games we will be working with our photographer to keep this blog up-to-date; filling it with photos, videos and info from inside the Village, Competition Venue and all other amazing things, such as the Opening Ceremonies!! If you aren’t following this blog yet, now would be an exciting time to start!
For more details of our #TO2015 experience check out my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts using the links. Have fun and share, share, share!!
Here I am, just finished practice sitting on the bus typing out this little message to all of you. Knowing me this post wouldn’t be written once I made it home because I would end up passing out on my semi- comfy couch with my snuggie…. Which, in turn, would become a night of endless sleep and hibernation after a long day at the pool.
Now, I wanted to write a quick message to all of the people competing at the Canadian Open in approximately one week. It’s been a year since we’ve seen all of your beautiful faces and the time has come for all of us to be together again, to see friends, family and old teammates.
It’s always great to see the new “up and comers” who will compete for top spots in their age group. The future of synchronized swimming rests in your hands! Some of you may make the Olympic Team one day, others will continue to do synchro until their hearts content and others will become coaches, but either way synchro as a sport will have been changed by you and your cooperation.
Results are not nearly as important as a good swim. If there’s one thing I can tell you all before you go out to compete for your future it is to FEEL every second of your swim. Be present in the fact that your lungs burn, but your body hasn’t given up; your heart pounds with anticipation and fear, but there is still excitement! Enjoy!! These are the moments you will remember well past your synchro years.
Be fearless, live your passion and be the best person you can be.
Well… Hello There!!! It’s been quite a while since my last post. Synchro has kept me busy these last few weeks. Now that I have completed (and scored well!!) in my classes this semester, most of my spare time has been spent on daily recovery of my training sessions.
We have been working really hard to get prepared for our debut at the Canadian Open this month. New routines, means a new approach to our training techniques. Harder practices, increasing endurance and working towards a confident start to the season. This year of course, is leading up to the Olympic Games. Time is of the essence and we are running out.
You know, this life is not for the faint of heart. We work our butts off every day just to make it to that one AMAZING moment of our lives… And that one moment will define us. It will be a part of our lives, living on through our friends, families and future generations of athletes. All of the people that love us and support us, those who are in our corner, guide us to that one beautiful moment we will share with the world.
It’s days like today when you realize that you KILL your muscles and work so hard to PUSH those limits that you truly start to understand that the future is NOW! We are so close to our dreams, if we wanted to we could just reach out and grab it.
Never EVER take days like this for granted. The times that our body cringes and your mind tells you that its had enough; thats when miracles happen. Achieving a goal is not just about showing up, it’s about showing up mind, body and soul, ready to work for something you’ve loved since the day you started.
Be strong and BELIEVE that what you’re doing is right and worth every minute!
So for those of you who have me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you may have already seen this incredible video, but for those of you who haven’t…. this is a very beautiful clip of what happens right before we compete.
Before the smiles turn on, there is a lot of nerves and stress. The audience sees us as 8 identical girls who all have the biggest and happiest expressions on our face, but its not all kittens and rainbows. This team is fighting. We have so far to go and little time to get there. We know that our actions and performances at every competition count towards our Olympic Dreams and at this point, we have no where to go but up!! There is always pressure to be on the top, but most of all we want the best performances possible!
Before this swim, there had been mistakes. Unexpected and probably because of nerves, but they were mistakes none the less… We needed to prove to our audience andour supporters that we were ready and that our team is good enough to be at the next Olympic Games in Rio. As Head Coach: Meng Chen said, “No Pressure!!”
Team Canada is leaving for CHINA in about a week!!! Its another great chance for us to compete before we are on Christmas holidays, a fun week together to end the season!!
Welcome to my first post on my new website!! I’m very happy and excited to be sharing my world with you.
If you haven’t checked out my “About” page, here is a little “tid-bit” of info on me and why I’m writing to you. My name is Claudia Holzner and I am a member of the Canadian National Synchronized Swimming Team. For the last 13 years, I have represented my club, my city and now my country as an athlete. Two years ago I tried out for the Canadian Senior National Team (aka The Olympic Team). I left my family, my friends, my boyfriend and my city behind; moving to Montreal to see if I had what it takes to make this goal a reality. So I guess now the rest is, as they say, history!
The soul purpose of this blog is to help you, the fans and the public, share this journey with me! It has been a long road of ups and downs but it’s finally time for me to share these moments with you.
Being here, becoming my own adult, has taught me to love myself, my body and my mind. This life is not for the faint of heart and if there is one thing you take away from this blog, it’s that life is beautiful and we are blessed to be living it. Find your eternity in each moment.
Live the life you want to live, not the life you were meant to live.