I wanted to excel in track and field when I was a kid. In 8th grade, I beat all the boys in the high jump…but twisted my knee when I landed and spent the next couple of weeks hobbling around with a knee the size of a football.
Our family doctor said if I was a boy and expected to play sports in high school, he’d recommend surgery to fix my knee problem. But since I was just a girl…oh, well.
I tried to run track in high school anyway. I started with the 100-yard dash and did fine…until I twisted that knee again. Basketball didn’t work either. Heck, I even hurt my knee when I joined a bowling team after I retired.
Needless to say, I now enjoy my sports vicariously. During the winter Olympics, I figure skate, race on the short track, ski the slalom course, and even do a bit of curling.
The summer Olympics are where I’m at my best though. I play basketball, run, swim, jump, dash, and play soccer. This year I might try boxing as well. There is no end to my talents when I enjoy my two weeks as an armchair Olympian.
When I’m not competing, however, I’ll have my eye on a couple of our Colorado athletes. Missy Franklin, 17-year-old swimmer has been in the news. And our own local star in long jump, Colorado State University student Janay DeLoach, will be fun to watch.
The hard part is figuring out when their events are scheduled and how to find them on the all night DVR recordings. After all, I need to get plenty of sleep to keep up my strength. It will be an exhausting (and very exciting) two weeks.