Valley Christian graduate Elena Bruckner had the opportunity to travel to Poland to compete in the IAAF U20 World Championships, commonly known as "World Juniors," earlier this summer. We asked the rising freshman at the University of Texas to send us her thoughts and experiences, and she exceeded our expectations! Her diary picks up after she finished competition in the shot put and discus throw (she finished 7th in both events). She even sent us a bunch of pictures of her time with Team USA and touring the town of Bydgoszcz! Now you can share a little bit in her experiences traveling to Europe and competing against the best young athletes and rising stars from around the world.
It took me a total of 29 travel hours to get from San Jose, CA to Bydgoszcz, Poland. Once I got to Bydgoszcz, I didn't get to do a ton of exploring the first few days because I was either practicing or competing. Once I was done competing, I had a great time with old and new friends. Here is a run down of the days when I really got to enjoy Poland.