One of the fun things about checking in at the competition site today was seeing all the jerseys from around the world.
Actually, any concerns I had about looking like "an American wearing sneakers" as I traverse public transport here were swept away when I boarded the tram to the stadium. It was full of colorful athletes uniforms from different countries, from Russia to Colombia -- and they were all, you guessed it, wearing sneakers. None were white though. I hope you just got that joke.
I hung around after check in and watched the 800 meter finals today. The 800 is a grueling sprint, two times around the track. It's exciting and full of last minute "kicks" where you see surprising finishes. Just seeing a 70 year old run the 800 in under three minutes is surprising if you haven't seen an older athlete move that fast. It's very inspiring.
On my way home I tried to take in some more French architecture. Yes, there will be architecture detail shots. Prepare yourself!
Julia Curran-Villarreal is a three-time USA W55 national masters high jump champion. After a 35-year break from her favorite high school sport of track & field, Julia returned to competition in 2013 at the age of 53. Follow her journey on @juliajumping on Instagram and @juliacurran on Twitter.