Postcard from Bulgaria. Columbus State tennis player, Hardaway High grad caps Deaflympics with joyful closing ceremony

August 5, 2013 

Special to the Ledger-Enquirer Columbus State University tennis player Laura Chapman, a 2010 Hardaway High School graduate, shows the Italian team shirt she received in trade for her Team USA shirt during the closing ceremony Saturday at the 2013 Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she won the gold medal in women's doubles.

Editor's note: Columbus State University tennis player Laura Chapman, a 2010 Hardaway High School graduate, is on Team USA in the 2013 Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria. She is deaf in her right ear and has 50 percent hearing in her left ear, which is increased to 85 percent with a hearing aid. This is the last of her five reports from her trip, which ended with Saturday's closing ceremony. She brought home a gold medal for winning the women's doubles tournament.

SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Well, what can I say?! The Games are over. I enjoyed my last day in Sofia at the closing ceremony for the deaflympics and walking around the city exploring. I had a blast!!

At first, I didn't know what to expect at the closing ceremony, but I ended up completely amazed and humbled. It was the neatest event of the trip. All the countries interacted on the football field in the national stadium.

I traded my USA red team shirt with an Italian! So cool! Everyone was trading with each other. I don't think I could have asked for a better ending to the trip.

Now, it's time to return to my country and bring home the good memories and the GOLD!

Let's go, USA!!

LEARN MORE

To read the first four installments of Laura Chapman's postcards from Bulgaria, plus the Ledger-Enquirer's June 30 Sunday Living feature that tells her background story, click on the links attached to this article.

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