But really, the reason why I started this post was to tell you a little about how the Olympics always brings out the pride of the athlete in me. As a youngster in Peru, my school had their own annual Olympics, where instead of countries, different classes and grades were separated as teams and united in colors. And I was lucky enough to be part of my grade's team of athletes. My school had an awesome parade for the opening and closing ceremonies; oh yes and the presentation of medals as well!
|1st grade in yellow, Kindergarten in orange,|
and receiving my medals in 3rd grade in green. :)
Thinking back, I was pretty involved...basketball, volleyball, long jump, 400meter relay, and 100meter dash. I was one of the 3 fastest girls in a class of 90-something students. I have no idea why I didn't follow through in sports when I moved to the U.S. I guess because PE was optional or because I was so focused in learning English and fitting in. Eh...either way, I still think I can run fast, if I had to run away from a vampire I could do it for a block or so. After that, I would just be dinner....ha!
The first Olympic Games that I remember is Seoul 1988. Is it crazy that I still remember the little tiger that was their mascot? You wouldn't think my memory was that sharp if you met me today. ha! I remember watching the Peruvian volleyball team winning the silver medal and hoping that someday I could do the same. Well...fast forward to today, I don't play sports and my forearms turn all sorts of colors when they dig for a volleyball. Basketball? Forget it, I am so uncoordinated. Lucky for me, DH makes up in our combined basketball skills.
This year, I cheer for my birth country and my home country. Either way, it'll be fun watching track & field, volleyball, and my favorite...gymnastics!
GET IN THE SPIRIT!
What is your favorite Olympic sport? Which country do you represent?