Nick Baumgartner

Opening Ceremonies

Walking out in the opening ceremonies was wild and it is so hard to explain. As we head into the arena there were so many people screaming for us. Knowing that the entire world was also watching as we proudly wore our nations colors was such an honor. I was living a dream and the experience was just so surreal. It was such an emotional experience. The energy in the arena was something that I had never experienced in any context of competition or life. During the opening ceremonies it was hard for me to believe that all my hard work and dedication had turned into this experience. It was one of the most powerful moments of my life.