Let's go USA!
I am super excited about the Olympics--especially tonight's games. I LOVE women's gymnastics. I took gymnastics for about 5 years and competed on the local level. I used to thrive on the competition--the pressure was high even as a young child. I remember having practice 5 days a week for 2-3 hours at a time. It was crazy. I was constantly at practice (except on Wednesday nights because Mom wanted me to go to church). I still have stretch marks on my thighs from those days. My calves we HUGE! We giggle when we look back at my elementary school photos--I looked like I could kill someone. My childhood heroes were Mary Lou and Nadia--I wanted that Team USA leotard--white with the red/white/blue seams.
My favorite event was the floor. I remember the freedom of throwing myself backwards performing back handsprings and back tucks. I remember the aerials and how I felt like I was flying. There are days I wish I could still twist and stretch my body to it's physical limits.
The only event I was afraid of was the beam. I think this is primarily because my friend Kristi broke her arm one night at practice--and I wasn't able to look at the beam the same way afterwards.
In the 1996 games I remember being so immensely proud of the women's team. I know everyone gave Kerrie a FIT for her squeaky little voice--but NO ONE could have stuck that vault like she did. It was INCREDIBLE!!!!
Ahh. I am so proud of the ladies (and the men too) on our Olympic team. I hope they make us proud.