A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I wasn’t the least bit excited about the Olympics. After reading comments from those of you who gave me some really good reasons to watch, I have embraced the Olympics and am even watching men’s swimming as I write this!
On a completely shallow note, it’s not like I have some deep-rooted interest in swimming. I just like looking at these guys. I could watch them read the phone book, and in the case of my beloved Ryan Lochte, I don’t even know if he can do that. All I know is, he must be pretty special for me to overlook his ridiculous diamond grill.
Another reason I’m digging the Olympics, of course, is the accomplishments made by these people. You can’t help but stare at these athletes and appreciate the years they have devoted to their sport while balancing family life, or school, or other obligations, and that has made watching various events worthwhile. In some cases, like the teens on the winning U.S. women’s gymnastics team, it’s exciting to think about what they’re going to do in the future, and how awesome it must feel to be a gold medalist when you’re still in high school.
As much as I am digging some events, others leave me cold. Beach volleyball is a snooze fest, as is the bicycle racing. On the other hand, I find rowing to be far more exciting than I thought, and the same with water polo.
The best thing to come out of the Olympics is it’s really getting me motivated to be more active. I was always playing outside as a child and was on the varsity tennis team all through high school. But during college, I found myself putting the racket down, and I never picked it up again. Now at 27, I am nowhere close to being in as good shape as I was during my non-stop tennis days, but I am now determined to get out there and play again, and I’ll be dragging my soccer-playing 10-year-old niece with me.
Is anyone else enjoying the Olympics for the first time like I am? What’s been your favorite event so far? Who are you rooting for? And let me just say this now: if the comments section turned into a pic spam of oh, I don’t know, Ryan Lochte and other hot swimmers from around the world, I wouldn’t mind.