Four years is just enough time for me to forget just how much I love the Olympics–more specifically, the Summer Olympics. There’s nothing wrong with the Winter Games but I just never get into them in the same way that I do the Summer Games. That may have direct correlation with the number of half naked men on my television screen–half-naked, very attractive men, I should add, to which the winter games sadly has…none. So every four years I claim that, nah, I’m not THAT interested in the Olympics. Until the opening ceremonies end and I spend hours and hours (and hours) watching things like water polo and volleyball, sports I didn’t know I even liked until they showed up on my television screen.
And then I remember that ohmygod I LOVE the Olympics. I mean, really love them. I get invested in those damn athletes. (Come on, admit it, SO DO YOU.) Take gymnastics, for example. It’s my favorite Olympic sport (and not just because I could be considered “tall” next to the gymnasts). I sit in awe and wish that my mother had made me take gymnastics classes when I was younger so that I could have gone to the Olympics and been a gymnast. Instead, I’m a very unflexible, can’t-even-do-a-split-to-save-my-life, unbalanced short person who is NOT A GYMNAST. Life is very unfair. When Jordyn Wieber didn’t make all arounds, I cried a little for her–I’ll never be an all around either, sweetie. But seriously? I feel bad for the girl. I loved how emotional and angry Bela Karolyi got over her not being allowed in. I couldn’t even understand
half of what he was saying but he was angry.
So I’m saying gymnastics is my favorite but really it’s men’s swimming. If you happened to have been reading my last blog four years ago, you would definitely know this because I believe that was all I talked about for two weeks. Can you blame me though? Have you seen Ryan Lochte? And Phelps? And that sexy French swimmer Camille LaCourt? (Seriously, google him right now. You will thank me.)
You didn’t google him, did you? Well don’t worry, your Tuesday has just been made.
And since it would be unpatriotic of me to not include my USA boys, here you go.
Since I had an abundance of free time this past weekend I got to spend a lot of time
ogling watching the athletes games. I discovered that in addition to men’s swimming, I also enjoy men’s volleyball, men’s gymnastics and water polo. What can I say? I’m single.
Now before you think I’m only on the Olympic bandwagon because of the attractive men, I would like to point out that I do like watching most all of the events and men’s swimming is exciting to watch. Plus these athletes are awesome and I’d love to be able to do even a sixteenth of what they are capable of. To make myself feel better about not being able to do even a cartwheel, I beat my own ass with the 30 Day Shred, cry about it a little and then think it helped me prepare better for the Mario Tennis Open Tournament I played over the weekend (and lost in the 3rd round. At least it was to Terry, whom I happen to know IRL so that makes it okay). To further prove that I’m not just in it for the eye candy, I have even been to the Olympics. Atlanta 1996, to a field hockey game. Even though it wasn’t a sport I particularly cared for, I LOVED being there and it’s one of those memories I’ll always have with me.
Since I am not in London watching the games, and there’s no chance I’ll ever actually compete in the Olympics, I will continue to have the television on every second I’m home (unless they are giving out spoilers, then I’ll dive for the remote and turn off the TV) and do victory laps around my living room when an American wins Gold. It just happens to be a great added bonus that there are men who look really good (wearing very little clothing). Just don’t tell anyone I was rooting for Great Britain in Men’s Gymnastics last night.
Once again, can you blame me?
What are your favorite Olympic sports?