Monday, August 6, 2012

Olympics: Better Late than Never

Am I the only one to find these guys creepy?
Okay, so PLEASE don't lynch me for this, but I haven't been following the Olympics like almost everyone else in the country (heck in my own house!). It's not that I'm not patriotic, but most Olympic sports don't interest me. Racing? Meh. Swimming? Not so much (though, I kind of wish I'd seen the synchronized swimming). I don't know why, but I've never been super interested in most of the athletes. The ones I DO like (Summer and Winter) are Gymnastics, Diving, Figure Skating. Call it a desire to see a story played out (Figure Skating) or sheer amazement at what the human body is capable of doing (Gymnastics).

My body can't contemplate this position. I'm not entirely sure this is legal.

Right now, I'm watching Women's Gymnastics and the uneven bars and the first one I saw, from China, did an amazing job. Seriously. How can ANYONE move and fly so quickly? The next one I saw, a little blond from Russia, she was doing fantastic until her foot hit the shorter bar before attempting her dismount. She was crushed.  The one I just watched from Germany (Elisabeth Seitz) was also impressive. Apparently, she's known for her work on the uneven bars.

When I was a kid, I thought they could just fly, but now that I know a thing or two about the human body, and which muscle controls which part of the body, it boggles my mind. I can't figure it out. It's so trippy. I think I would've enjoyed gymnastics when I was a kid, but alas, I think I'm too tall to be a gymnast (I'm 5'9"). I would bruise my shins on those bars.

How do they spin while doing a handstand and not fall off? I realize it's a good part muscle conditioning another part physics. It's absolute madness, but I admire them for it. I'd never be able to do it. I'd be happy to be able to jump really high like Tina. She does CrossFit. If I could find a Groupon or Living Social deal for CrossFit, I might just consider trying it. They say they accept all fitness levels. My fitness is kind of slowing right now. I'm trying to start C25K, but I'm exhausted. Planning to go to Zumba later this week.

I don't these girls allow excuses. They're where they are because of no excuses. It's a lot of sacrifice and determination. I think I'm more determined when it comes to my writing. Second book has been coming along well, by the way. The plan is to have draft 1 finished by the end of August and the finished draft by the time I go to my friend, Amanda's, wedding in September. That day is also my birthday. Busy weekend.

I think we can all learn a lot from the dedication of the Olympic Athletes. If you have a passion, don't expect that you'll be good overnight. Not everyone is a prodigy. 99% of all athletes had to work for where they are. To quote Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks), "Of course it's hard. If it wasn't, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great."

  • Is there anything that you find difficult that you would love to achieve?
  • What do you think of the Olympics? 
  • Do you have a favorite sport?

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