Grandma travels to Beijing to watch granddaughter compete in the Olympics

MAKIKI (KHNL) - Friday is the opening of the 2008 summer Olympic games in Beijing and thousands of people came out to China Town to be a part of the excitement.

As the crowds moved along the streets, security and law enforcement appeared to be in full force. Included in some those thousands of people in Beijing are family and friends of Hawaii Olympians.

Honolulu native Lindsey Berg has played all over the world.

Right here in the islands during high school, on the mainland in college, and right now she's in China for the Olympics.

But Lindsey's not the only well traveled family member. So is one of her biggest fans.

At 87 years old, Gertrude Berger isn't your typical grandmother. She's literally flown around the world to watch her granddaughter play volleyball.

"I would go and watch her play faithfully, every year 12, 13, and 14, and when she went to college, the University of Minnesota, I'd go and watch her play there too," said Berger.

Her granddaughter is Lindsey Berg, former Punahou star, and current captain for team USA.

"Needless to say, we are very proud of her because it does take a lot to be an athlete of that nature."

This is Lindsey 2nd time playing on the U.S. Olympic team, and her grandmother wouldn't miss it for the world.

"She loves having us there, she loves having her parents, and she really appreciates it you can tell, and it's interesting because no matter how big the stadium is, she will spot us in the audience."

The Olympic experience is big for Lindsey too, as her grandma reveals she's playing through an injury.

"She is hurting, and she's playing through the pain, after the Olympics she'll go right in for an operation and then be in rehab for almost 6 months."

The only problem with Lindsey's grandma's trip to Beijing, she leaves on the 23rd.

So if they get to the final, I won't see it, but that's okay."

The women's gold medal game is scheduled for the same day Lindsey's grandma is leaving.