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?

9 comments:

Gayle Carline said...

As the owner of two horses, I watch all the equestrian events. I set my DVR to record them - they're being shown at 2 in the morning!

Katreader said...

My favorites are also the Equestrian events. I missed the dressage, but got to see a lot of the Eventing. Hopefully I can catch some show jumping. In addition to loving horses (and having an off track thoroughbred of my own) I love this sport as the best competitors have experience...and age. While most gymnasts are in their teens-riders may be in their 30s, 40's 50's and up. In fact, a Japanese rider is 71! Now that's inspiration!

Aurian said...

Congrats on those medals :) I am totally not a sports fan, that would take too much of my reading time ;) but I did hear Holland has won one as well.

Sue said...

I enjoy the equestrian events to. But my favorite is women's basketball. THere are two players who are from the University of Tennessee...Candice Parker and Tamika Catchings. Even though Tennessee and Conneticut have a standing hatred for each other, I will still be there to cheer them on in spirit and in my recliner everytime they play.

Brittney said...

My favorites are Beach Volleyball! I love watching May and Walsh! They are both such great athletes. I also love swimming. I believe they are 2 weeks long.

Maggie Sefton said...

Gayle & Katreader---Wow, I'm impressed with both of you. I love watching the equestrian events, but I didn't know what time they were on. Now, I'll know to tape them at night. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Aurian--Keep reading, girl. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Sue---Hey, a true Tennessee fan! Go, Volunteers! I'm a Virginian, so that's right next door. :).

Brittney---I love watching volleyball. My oldest daught played middle blocker for LSU.

Linda McDonald said...

Love Missy Franklin! She is awesome, and seems like such a great gal. I enjoy watching the swimming, diving, gymnastics, and some of the track and field events.