Watching The Olympics Is Awesome. And Dangerous.

Olympic Rings

I am a Summer Olympics fanatic y’all. Every 4 years, I am absolutely glued to my TV screen watching amazing athletes from all around the world perform amazing acts of athleticism. And I totally jive on it. I am completely emotionally wrapped up in the Summer Olympics. The London Olympics alone, I have cried like, 4 times. ย And when people replay clips from the Olympics? Yeah, usually that results in tears streaming down my face. I just love seeing people who have worked so hard towards one goal achieve that goal. It’s pretty spectacular.

The one negative side effect of my watching the Olympics, is that I get an increasing distorted view of what I am capable of myself. For instance, after Kerri Strug ensured the 1996 US Women’s Gymnastic team would get the gold by literally sacrificing her body, I decided that I too, could be an elite gymnast. Never mind the fact that I was 11 and had never taken a gymnastics class before, I just new I was destined to be a gold medal earning gymnast. I made my parents enroll me in gymnastics and buy me a pretty sweet competition leotard. I was ready. And also, I wasn’t very good. At all.

And the thing is, I do the exact same thing every 4 years. I see an athlete do something amazing and I think to myself “Self, if I just put in some hard work, that could totally be me in 4 years.” And then I jump into a pool, swim a hundred laps as fast as I can and almost die. Or I start trying to do back handsprings again because, you guys, I’m totally sure that at 27 and with almost no experience, I can definitely make the next women’s Olympic gymnastic team. Or I decide that I’m going to really throw myself back into tennis (I actually did play this sport successfully in High School) and wind up with a knee the size of a watermelon because, oh yeah, I have that old injury. Or, worst of all, I try sprinting. Sprinting. And then not only do I end up with a swollen knee, I also end up on the ground unable to breathe with a very red face (both from embarrassment and lack of oxygen) because I am not a sprinter y’all. It’s not a thing that is in my wheelhouse. But, right before I start doing any of these things, I think about the Olympics and Olympic athletes and it makes me think that I can do these things.ย And that’s why watching the Olympics is both awesome and dangerous.

29 thoughts on “Watching The Olympics Is Awesome. And Dangerous.

  1. Last night I was walking to my car in the dark and tripped over one of the massive railroad ties. I started falling forward SO fast and thought I was going to go sprawling across the gravel-covered pavement. But I kept on getting just one more step like everyone ever on America’s Funniest Videos and after 4 big stomps I got control about 12 feet away. I KNOW I survived because I had been watching gymnasts for 3 days.

  2. Adrienne says:

    I’m with ya, girl. And all the people around me are like, yeah, oh? Olympics? Yeah not really into that. And I’m in Austalia so I have to get up at 5 a.m. To watch it! Ur the funniest by the way. When you’re famous, I hope you say you still know me even though you don’t really know me anyway.

  3. I always feel like the summer olympics would be so much cooler if they just had snow and ice. I mean the sprinting alone would be hilarious. And what if all the swimming was under ice and you could only pop up at the end of each lap? That would be epic television. Oh, and maybe have always preferred winter to summer in general… but I’m sure that is coincidence and has nothing to do with my taste in olympic viewing.

    1. I’m the opposite. I like the Winter Olympics but I really really love the Summer the best. Although, it would be pretty funny to see the sprinters try to sprint on ice as long as no one got hurt. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Haha, this was totally me when I was younger. Now the only thing I like watching of the Olympics is gymnastics. I’m not athletic by any means and never have been, and only when I was younger watching the Olympics (probably in 1998) that I vaguely tried replicating the gymnasts’ moves and looking like…well, not like a gymnast. Don’t injure yourself, especially with the wedding coming! But do exercise, just not to the point of dying. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. It’s kind of sad, one of my cousins sprained her ankle before her wedding day. Luckily, she was already planning on wearing wedding white tennis shoes, so it worked out, but still no fun ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’m sure a broken leg would be much worse!

  5. I can sympathize! It’s very inspirational to see these great athletes compete. And it can be extremely emotional, too. All those moving stories of personal and family sacrifice, all that hard work, the glory of victory and the devastation of defeat.

    I’m really lucky though, cause I’m not just moved, I’m also lazy. So I’m moved, but not to move. It’s enough to imagine myself running across the finish line or synchronizing my swim. My aspirations don’t get further than that. In fact, I’m happy to sit on my aspirations.

  6. I have a theory that these Olympians make their sports look so effortless (due to the years of unseen practice, sweat, and tears) that thousandsโ€”nay, millionsโ€”of people around the world are planning on taking up new sports in the next couple of weeks. All because they make it look so easy!

  7. That’s okay. You’re a contender in your own life. But with the wedding coming up and all…try to limit injuries to hangovers and paper cuts from sending out invitations. You want to be in fighting form for the honeymoon. ๐Ÿ™‚

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