Maese et al.,
Subject: Katie Hoff, meet Jimmy Buffett
One thing we've heard swimmers say the last few days is that the weeks and months following the Olympics is really their only offseason. You spend four years putting your body and your mind through hell and then, regardless of what happens, you need some time to decompress.
Katie Hoff is going to take full advantage of that.
These Olympics didn't turn out exactly the way she'd hoped -- a silver and two bronze medals -- but she'll be back. She mentioned that she's sort of figuring out some of the same things Natalie Coughlin figured out when she was 19, that even though you might be capable of swimming five individual events on paper, your body might think otherwise. You'll see her ready to go in London in 2012. She'll probably be swimming fewer events, but she'll be stronger for the experience in Beijing.
For now though, it's off to a tropical island somewhere, and the feel of sand between her toes. She did some dancing last night for the first time in months, and it sure felt good. But the beach is calling.
"I'm thinking about the Cayman Islands," she said when we spoke to her today at the Speedo photo shoot. "People speak English there, and (a friend) lives there, so I might have a connection of where to go or where are the best places."
And who will be joining you on this little adventure?
"Probably my boyfriend," she said.
Wait a minute, are we allowed to talk about that now? I thought that was a closely guarded state secret. I thought if I even brought that up, 20 representatives from Octagon would jump out of the bushes to electroshock me!
"I've always admitted that I have a boyfriend," Hoff said. "I just won't give you his name."
Hate to tell ya this, Katie, but I already know his name. I've got sources everywhere.
Your secret is safe with me, though.
Enjoy the waves.