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Finally, Bring on the Olympics

By Cody |

I got my first moment of excitement for this year’s Olympics today. Usually it doesn’t take more than a couple stories in the sports section of the newspaper for me to get the itch to watch Olympic level track and field.

This year, however, I was having a difficult time finding any interest in watching the summer games.

I’ve seen what seems like thousands of inspiring commercials about Olympic athletes, and nothing. My wife has anxiously pointed out every Olympic commercial involving swimming and gymnastics to Addie, and nothing. I just could not muster up any excitement.

For some reason while I was jogging on the treadmill and only half paying attention to one of the TV screens hanging on the wall, I realized that the NBC morning news program was showing the gymnasts who were all competing for one of only five spots on the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team.

That’s when it hit me.

One day several years ago, those girls got interested in gymnastics and they told their parents about how they wanted to swing on the bars and their parents went out and found a gym that could help make their daughters’ dreams come true.

Those kids worked and worked and worked until they mastered the art of gymnastics, and it all started with the kids expressing a desire in the sport.

Addie expressed an interest in gymnastics, and just like those girls competing to make the U.S. Olympic team, Addie is working at mastering the sport. In fact, she is a member of Jaycie Phelps’s gym—the same Jaycie Phelps who won the gold in the 1996 Olympics.

The chances that Addie ever makes it to U.S. Olympic competition level aren’t very good, but this year she will have the opportunity to see girls who have put in the effort and have mastered the sport. Seeing girls who made that sacrifice might give Addie a little extra oomph to work that extra mile, so that maybe one day she can compete to make an Olympic team.

And that’s why I finally got excited about this year’s Olympics.

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3 thoughts on “Finally, Bring on the Olympics

  1. Alisa says:

    Go Addie! Whatever level of success she achieves, watching the Olympics will help inspire her to work hard and do her best. Have fun sharing the experience with her.

  2. Ron O says:

    Just remember that the girls on the Olympics team have made a life choice, & grew up with a desire of being in the Olympics. If Addie gets this urge & desire, then keep encouraging her to do her best. She will realize the work & dedication required to make her dream happen.
    If she decides that this is just a fun thing for her, or good stress reliever, then encourage her to continue to work at that level. She will let you know as she gets older.
    Good luck, & BTW, I just recently came across your blog on Mamapedia, & have enjoyed reading your adventures.
    I have been a stay at home dad of 3 girls, now 7, almost 10, & 19, for the last 9 1/2 years. So, I have had similar experiences to yours.

    1. theycallmecody says:

      @Ron O: Thanks for the advice, that’s pretty close to the stance I’ve been taking with Addie (with a bit of extra encouragement until Addie realizes what gymnastics is for her). Daughters are great, and thanks for reading.

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