As the opening ceremonies began Friday, Plymouth native Morgan Uceny was not in attendance.
Among the favorites to win the Gold in the 1,500 meter run, Uceny is in Italy continuing to train and relax before arriving in London next week. She doesn't race Until August 6th.
Uceny's parents Marty and Brenda still live in Plymouth. They are preparing to join Morgan next week. They say their goal is to just be there for the daughter and not add to what is obviously great pressure.
After winning the Olympic trials last month in Eugene, Uceny's profile has skyrocketed and certainly you can only imagine what is racing through her mind right now.
""I think she's calming down," her mom Brenda explained this week.
"She told me this morning she's happy," her dad Marty added.
The Uceny's were with their daughter in Oregon when she won the U.S. National Championship. They say the stress was very high the week following the race. They say they're daughter will be focused by the time the Olympics arrive.
"She's really learned to maintain her attitude and stay calm through the race," Marty says. "I think last year Internationally when she did so well is when she really matured and learned how to do that so I think she's in great shape."
The Uceny's continue to live in Plymouth, where Morgan grew up dreaming to be a basketball player like every other Plymouth kid. But she quickly learned she was a lot better at running.
But for a girl from a small town in Indiana, this is quite the feat and her parents say no matter what happens in London, they couldn't be prouder of their daughter.
"I'd say on a scale of 1 to 10--a 10," Brenda said of her proud she is.
"I'd say a 10 or 12," Marty added with a smile. "It's way up there but even when she played t-ball and she hit a homerun, I was just as proud of her. She keeps taking it to a different level through junior high and high school and now to the Olympics.
" I hope she can get another homerun."
The Uceny's have had remarkable support from the Plymouth community. Friends are organizing all sorts of events to help raise money for the family to help drive down the costs for seven members of the Uceny family to travel to London. It isn't a cheap trip.
"We're not poor and we could've sold some stuff and we would've made it easy but it's great have the people want to help you so much," Marty explained. They just wanted to show their support for Morgan and our family no matter what the budget sheet said."
"I think we'll be able to eat while we're there now," Brenda said with a big laugh.
"Yeah, I think our son Alex will get a bed now," Marty added.
We'll have plenty more from the Uceny's throughout the next week leading up to Morgan's 1st race on August 6th.