Are you watching the Olympics? I’ve been so impressed with the skiing, especially the new sport for this games slope-style snowboarding. Wow. Daredevils. But my favorite is the figure skating. The gracefulness combined with athleticism. They keep pushing the envelope with the jumps. I remember when triple jumps were rare. Now the men are doing quads as a matter of fact.
Figure skating has special meaning because it was part of my youth. Every winter, Mom would haul out a hose and flood a low spot in our backyard. Our nearest neighbor was a good couple of acres away so no problem there. My sister (two years younger) and I learned to skate on that pond. She was always so much better than I was. I remember watching Carol Heiss and Tenley Albright win gold. So my sister and I tried to do spins and skate backward. On our little pond we could pretend to be Olympians.
As a young adult, I tried downhill skiing. Not a good sport for someone afraid of heights. I did better with cross-country. I was always a klutz as an athlete. Things haven’t changed. Still a klutz. So I watch athletes who have been skating or skiing since they were babies. It’s no wonder 15 year olds can win gold.
Did you ever dream of being an Olympian? Even unrealistically.