In honor of the Olympics beginning FRIDAY, I’m reposting this one (one of my all time favorite posts)…and gearing you all up for the barrage of information I plan on posting concerning the USA’s efforts in the 2012 Olympics. I am so excited and just can’t stand it. I plan on giving Bob Costas a run for his money as the most informative method of following the USA and their paths to gold. Bring it on peeps….LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
And for my Hunger Games buddies….may the odds be ever in your favor! U-S-A…U-S-A….U-S-A!!
As some of you may have noticed, I posted a countdown clock to the right of this blog. Yes, this is for the Olympics! I am a huge fan of everything olympical (new word?) and am very excited for the summer Olympics to commence.
As I did the research for this piece, I was elated to find out that my days of possibly becoming a gold medalist are not behind me! SHOCKING, I KNOW! I assumed my ripe old age had eliminated me from even dreaming of the medal ceremony…being at the top of the podium….right hand over heart…gold medal hung loosely around my neck…looking up as the beautiful flag of the United States is raised in triumph…the National Anthem playing in the background (not mouthing the words in case I get it wrong)…tears in my eyes as I so proudly represent my country…well, one can dream, right??!
And as I searched the “2012 London” website, the list of sports caught my eye…oh, the possibilities are ENDLESS…here are each sport with my thoughts as to whether or not I could try out!
Archery (hmmm, how hard could it be? Katniss made it look easy)
Badminton (GAME ON! I think I could do this one)
Basketball (5’4”?…umm, no)
Beach Volleyball (I don’t like sand in my…umm, shorts?)
Boxing (might break a nail)
Canoe – Slalom and Sprint (the fact that I can’t even recognize slalom and sprint canoeing probably eliminates me from these)
Cycling – BMX, Mountain, Road, and track (I haven’t even had enough guts to buy an exercise bike)
Diving (all that twisting and turning would make me puke mid-air…judges probably wouldn’t appreciate that)
Equestrian (hmm…me…horse…jumping…together? How do I hang on?)
Fencing (ugly outfit)
Football (I think they mean soccer…all that running? Ummm, no thanks)
Gymnastics – Artistic and Rhythmic (those days are LONG gone!)
Handball (doesn’t that hurt?)
Hockey (I prefer my teeth stay in my mouth)
Modern Pentathlon – fencing, swimming, riding (a horse), shooting (a gun!), and running (again with the running, ugh!)
Rowing (by myself? Or can I sit at the top and yell ROW?)
Sailing (by myself? Or can I sit at the top and yell SAIL?)
Shooting (not sure they’d trust me with a gun)
Synchronized Swimming (I can’t even get the kids to synchronize their schedules)
Table Tennis (if they promise to hit it softly and aim it towards my paddle)
Track and Field (running AND jumping? Why don’t they just hold a separate Olympics for runners?)
Trampoline (WTH? This is an Olympic sport?? I can jump on a trampoline!)
Triathlon – swimming, biking, running (oy vey with the running already!! Add a gun we could combine this with the Modern Pentathlon…work smarter, not harder)
Volleyball (can I serve underhanded?)
Water Polo (wouldn’t want to drown the horse)
Weightlifting (see Judo)
Wrestling (I don’t really want to be touched by someone wearing that onesie type outfit)
Ok, so maybe my choices aren’t really ENDLESS, but there are a few…which are a few more than I thought I could do. Are you as shocked by this list as I am? We booted out baseball and softball, but have BMX biking and badminton? And all that freakin’ running…my goodness. Usually when I think of running, the most important part to me is the music on the Ipod. I just don’t see a lot of Ipod’s during Olympic events. That’d be a good commercial though, huh?
What about you? What are your favorite parts of the Olympics?