Anyone else totally and completely obsessed with the Olympics? I am. Our TV hasn’t gotten a break since Friday morning. Not only do I just love the drama of sports (you all know I’m huge sports fanatic) but I also love that the world can come together and be in the same place at the same time without (much) drama or hate. Countries that are locked in war can come together and shake hands across the field or court. And people who don’t even speak the same language can connect through a silly game. It’s amazing.
And beyond that all, it is hard not to be inspired to reach your health and fitness goals when watching these amazing athletes. I mean, these men and women have trained for hours and hours everyday since they were small children. They’ve watched everything they ate. They pushed their bodies harder than thought possible. If they can do that, I sure as hell can go hop on the treadmill for 30 minutes.
I thought it’d be fun to share with you guys that sports and events that I’m really looking forward to. Let’s talk Olympics!
Seriously, does anyone not like watching women’s gymnastics? I think it’s definitely the big star event of the Olympics for us Americans. I’ve never been very acrobatic. Heck, I can’t even do a stinkin’ cartwheel, so I’m really amazed by these ladies. I can’t believe the things they can do with their body. I’m super excited that Team USA is favored to win all around gold! I also love watching rhythmic gymnastics. It’s such a different animal from “normal” gymnastics.
Please tell me you’ve watched the trampoline competition in past years? It’s a trip! It’s definitely not one of the “prime time” sports and often gets relegated to some random network, if it’s televised at all, but if you can find it—watch it! These men and women do crazy things, crazy high in the air. Babyface and I are both excited to watch trampoline especially this year because it’s one of the few summer Olympic events that the Canadians are expected to medal in. Canada ain’t so great at the warm weather sports.
Oh my gosh, handball is so intense! It’s like this amazing combination of basketball and soccer and American football. It’s really popular in Scandinavian countries, so there isn’t a USA team, but it’s still totally worth watching. The women are particularly hardcore. They tackle each other, they go flying through the air without concern for their bodies, and they hurtle the ball at breakneck speeds. It’s definitely worth catching a match.
I’m not normally into Track and Field all that much, but this time around, I have a very specific reason to watch the High Jump—Derek Drouin. He’s an Indiana University student (where I work and graduated from) AND Canadian. It’s one of the few times in the Olympics that Babyface and I can both cheer for the same person! An IU student on the Canadian national team is the best of both worlds!