I admit it.
I’ve been watching the Olympics.
It’s been the background noise/visual on the nights that I am home, and I’m kind of getting caught up in some of the stories of these athletes. In all honesty, they’re pretty incredible.
My favorites are the sports I enjoyed watching as a kid – gymnastics, diving, and swimming. But I’ve been caught watching the girls’ volleyball too. Wait! Hear me out….. I admit the costumes are a little revealing, but no more so than the men’s speedo’s in synchronized diving… and Misty and Kerri are an incredible team. Watching them work together is impressive. I’m happy for them!
But I’ve been very critical of some of the other sports. I have a hard time thinking of badminton, ping pong, skeet shooting, curling, etc as an Olympic sport.
This is coming from a girl who views bowling as a sport. I used to get so upset when people would make fun of it. After all, I knew how much practice, and concentration and commitment it takes to do well. I knew how form, follow through, lane conditions, ball surfaces, drilling, etc all have an effect on your score. While others think you just roll a ball down the alley, drink a beer while you wait for it to come back, then throw it again, I knew there was so much more to it.
I would spend hours at the bowling alley… practicing, competing, practicing, competing… I’d bowl with men and women who were better than me in order to improve. At home, I would watch videos of professionals, read books and magazines on strategies, and think about it constantly.
I loved the sport, and wanted to be the best that I could be.
When I remember how dedicated I was to bowling, it helps me to view these ping pong, badminton, skeet shooting, curling Olympians with a little more respect.
It may not seem like a sport to me, but to them, it’s their passion and their dream. I’m proud of them for making it to the top, and I understand the thrill they must be feeling to compete against the best of the best.
That is what the Olympics are about, and that is why I can’t help but watch.