July 27, 2012. Mere words can not express how excited I am for this date. Next to my , this is the most anticipated date on my summer calendar. Why? Because that’s when the Opening Ceremonies start for the 2012 Summer Olympics. This year they're being held in London. And this year, like all Olympic years, summer or winter, I'm so excited I cannot wait!
, I’m far from a sports fanatic. We don’t have a DVR, we don’t have a satellite dish, we don’t even have basic cable. So we watch very little TV, let alone record endless hours of baseball, football or basketball. But when the Olympics come around, I lose my mind! Our world suddenly revolves around the TV and its Olympic programing. Our daily schedule completely turns upside down as we set our life around what athletes we want to watch and what match-ups we want to make sure we don’t miss.
Worst part? Everyone in my house stays up much, much too late. I have to drink my weight in coffee just to function in the mornings. But I have to stay up late because, unfortunately, most of the most popular events don't come on until 11 p.m. (Ugh, thanks NBC!) Still, I don't want to miss a thing. I'm completely obsessed!
Not only do I want to watch all the main events but I want to see all the bios about the players, too. Oh yeah, I love those! The touching stories about who had to live in their car. Or who broke this bone or tore that ligament right before qualifying. Never a dry eye when I hear about the few, unfortunate athletes who still somehow found success without one or both parents, siblings, partners, loved ones.
But did they give up? No way! They persevered! They made it! Why? Because they're OLYMPIANS!
Though it's anything but simple, simply having a place on an Olympic team would be awesome! In any country, in any sport. Can you imagine being part of the opening ceremonies? You are surrounded by all the other top athletes and you're considered the best at your craft. The best in the world?
I feel like these athletes are really in it for the love of the game, not just a hefty contract. Sure, their are sponsors to be had, don’t get me wrong. But I don't feel that money is what fuels the Olympians to work as hard as they do and push their bodies to their own personal limit. I feel Olympic athletes truly want to do the best they can. For themselves, for us, for their team.
For example, Michael Phelps isn’t going to switch and swim for Germany because they offer him more money. But an athlete will go to great lengths, change countries if that's what it takes, to compete against the best athletes in the world. Determination. Willpower. Tenacity. Man, I love it!
Both my girls play water polo and this year my oldest daughter is going to participate in the USA Water Polo's Jr. Olympics held at Stanford. Did you hear me Alameda? Jr. Olympics! Yes, yes, I said Jr. But, I also said the word OLYMPICS! So to me, it's like the same. I swear I don't think I could be more proud of her than if she were headed to London herself!
She doesn't want me to embarrass her and she says I have to be mellow. She won't let me wear T-shirts with her face on them to the tournament or wave crazy signs from the stands that say, "Mama Bear Loves Her Baby Girl!" But, heh, she's not the boss of me.
So lemmie run this down: in July, I get to root for Team USA and then in August, I get to cheer on my own kid? This is shaping up to be the best summer ever!