That is what the countdown clock on my Ipod says… That’s how long until the opening of the greatest spectacle on earth (in my humble opinion at least!). If you don’t know what I am talking about yet, the 2012 London Olympic Games will kick off on this evening, two years from now, the 27th of July 2012 in the Olympic Stadium in London, England. Panasonic (an official partner) and the Olympic organizing committee released this video today… and to be honest, it makes the hair on my arms and neck stand up.

The reason it makes my hair stand on end? Every swimmer dreams of going to the Olympic Games, it is the highest level one can reach in our sport. The ultimate. The Pinnacle. The following is written on the opening page of P.H. Mullen’s book “Gold in the Water”, and I think it sums up my sentiment perfectly.

For years, just like every other swimmer out there I have dreamed of being an Olympian, but it was always a dream. A dream followed in blind faith  that one day, maybe just one day, by a mighty act of God it would come true.

Last week at the Western Zone’s Senior Sectional meet my dream became a journey. I won the 100 and 200 Breaststroke in new meet record times that rank me well in South Africa, the country I will hopefully have the honor of representing.  The journey to the 2010 Olympic Games has begun. It’s one that will be 729 days, 12 hours, 26 minutes and 11 seconds long. Let the fun begin.

100m Breaststroke Finals at the 2010 Western Zone’s Senior Sectional Meet