Monday, August 13, 2012

35) Olympic Fever

 love the Olympics.  I was turned on to them in 1964, and haven't stopped watching them since.  When I graduated high school, four of us cycled to Montreal where we attended the Games and saw the likes of Bruce Jenner; that was when Nadia Comăneci scored the first perfect 10.  I ran into Cathy Rigby in the street.

            The XXX Olympiad is remarkable.  There seem to be more teams, countries and coverage than ever before.  Women seem to be in sports like shot put, javelin, weight lifting, boxing, and Water Polo, where I only remembered men.  Many have returned for their fourth or fifth Olympics.  For the first time, on the US team, there are more women than men. And, as of Wednesday, 23 of the USA's 34 Gold Medals were earned by women.

            I'm blown away by the number of female Olympians who have children, including twins, and are back, winning medals.  Talking about balancing your life!

             The US's first gold of the games was from a five-time Olympian woman marksman (only 36 years old).  Swimming, including marathon, gymnastics, and beach volleyball brought more.  Thursday saw the American women win gold in Soccer and Water Polo.  Friday will probably see them take gold in basketball, and on Saturday, maybe volleyball.

            We're still a great country, and maybe, finally starting to mature.

            At least one of the US women's swimmers trains with men, and it shows in her successes.  Is it only a matter of time before women and men begin to compete with each other?

            Is your life balanced?  What are your goals, woman?


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