Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Olympic Glory

by Maggie Sefton

Olympic Gold, Silver, and Bronze.  Hard sought and hard fought for.  Every four years we get to witness this international event of all things Sport.  I've always been fascinated by the variety of competition that is displayed over the month-long, seven days a week celebration.  At least I think it's a month long.  It always seems that way.  Please correct me if I'm wrong.

So far, I've seen a few events in both women's and men's swimming, diving, and women's gymnastics.  The telecasts started while I was still at the fantastic RWA conference in Anaheim, CA, and there were workshops & sessions & events going nonstop.  So my roommate and I caught up with the later night reruns of events.

The women's synchronized diving was marvelous.  Gorgeous symmetry.  Of course, women's gymnastics can't be beat for drama and trauma.  It should be called Girls Gymnastics because the participants are so very young.   Gorgeous routines on the bars, beam, and floor.  And Colorado has one of its own, Missy Franklin, in the brutal swimming events.  So far, Missy has won one Gold medal and one Bronze, and there are more events yet to come.  Missy is really a joy to watch, whether she's swimming or talking to press or goofing off poolside with her swim buddies.  Seventeen years old with that great smile and great joie de vivre.  She's having a blast, and everyone can tell.  What a delight.  And she's a dynamite swimmer.  Wow!

Meanwhile, there are all sorts of interesting events to come--archery, basketball, marksmanship, fencing, and let's not forget the huge Track and Field events.  Lots more cheering to come.  What are your favorite events to watch and cheer?  Do you have any local athletes to cheer on?