I love the Olympics. When I was five, the Olympics were in Atlanta and my mom took me downtown to watch the Magnificient Seven take home the gold. I was little, but I remember this moment so vividly. I remember being confused that all the rotations took place at the same time. Up until that point, I had only seen gymnastics on tv and the events happened one at a time. But most importantly, I remember the energy in the room. Kerri Strug completed her vault with a freaking sprained ankle and United States would be taking home the gold for the first time in the Team All-Around Competition. Since this moment, I have been obsessed with Olympics.
Needless to say, I’ve been glued to the tv for three days. So far we have witnessed some amazing moments. For example, Katie Ledecky not only winning her race but shattering the world record by a whole human being. Or Michael Phelps freaking out after the United States won the gold in the relay race.
It’s an amazing couple of weeks. It’s one of those events that makes you feel like you’re apart of something bigger. The whole world is watching this event and for two weeks we are all unified.
So who am I keeping an eye on this year?
Laurie Hernandez – I’m obsessed with everything about her. Her personality, her technique, her mascara…she’s adorable. I think it’s crap she is not competing in the all-around, but I don’t think this is the last we will see of her.
Katinka Hosszu – Did y’all watch her on Saturday? She’s a Hungarian swimmer who has the most adorable husband/trainer. She killed the world record in her event and her husband was FREAKING out on the side. It was an awesome moment to watch.
Ryan Lochte – Hello, who wouldn’t be looking out for him?
Kerri Walsh – How will she be without Misty-Mae? Will it be like watching LaVerne without Shirley? Lucy without Ethel? Serena without Blair? I’m not sure, but I’m interested to find out.
The Rugby team – Because Stephen is so excited rugby is in the Olympics, I have no choice but to be excited with him. In all honesty, I’m really excited to watch.
Katie Ledecky – Hello, I would say she is the new Michael Phelps, but enough reporters have done that for me. She is just Katie Ledecky, amazing, unique and absolutely killing the game.
Obviously, I’m watching all the Michael races too. He’s still got it.
Bubba Watson – Now that golf is back, we have to watch our Master’s favorite.
Ok, if we’re being realistic, I’m watching everyone… Synchronized Swimming? Absolutely. Fencing?Of course. Badminton, Judo, Trampoline? I’ll be right in front of TV with popcorn. I love the Olympics, and when you have a love affair this strong, you remain loyal.
Who are you watching? What are your favorite events?