Chasing The Olympics; When Dreaming Becomes Real

Written by Rory | Personal Blog Post


This post was published on April 7 2010 while on my journey to South African Olympic Trials and the 2012 Olympic team.

For years I have dreamed of being an Olympian.

It was always a dream. One followed in blind faith that one day, maybe one day, by a mighty act of God it would come true.

729 Days – 13 Hours – 14 Minutes – 50 Seconds

That is what the countdown clock reads.

That’s how long I have to the opening of the greatest spectacle on earth (in my humble opinion at least!). The 2012 London Olympic Games will kick off on this evening, two years from now. On the 27th of July 2012 in the Olympic Stadium in London, England it all begins. To be honest, it makes the hair on my arms and neck stand up.

Every swimmer dreams of going to the Olympic Games, it is the highest level one can reach in our sport.

The ultimate. The Pinnacle.

This from the opening page of P.H. Mullen’s book “Gold in the Water”. It sums up my sentiment perfectly.

Last week at the Western Zone’s Senior Sectional meet my dream of being an Olympian became a whole lot more real.

I won the 100 and 200 Breaststroke at the meet. Breaking meet records in both events with times rank me very well in South Africa.

USA Swimming Sectionals, Mount Hood: Missy Franklin, Rory Buck Set Meet Records

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.

Rory Buck Swimming The 100m Breaststroke – 1min 03

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

Rory Buck Swimming The 200m Breaststroke – 2min 17

200m Breaststroke Finals at the 2010 Western Zone’s Senior Sectional Meet