My ears are ringing, there is still confetti in my hair and I have a new and – I should add – intense appreciation of Olympic-level gymnastics. But that is what will happen to someone who attends an Olympics Trials event.
The passion, power, and the human drama are palpable, no matter where you view this epic evening. But there is something to be said for being there, in the presence of these miraculous humans, the young women and men who not just appear to defy gravity, but logic, with their physical feats and their crazy dedication to beams, bars, brawn and balancing. It is awe-inspiring and makes one feel that you are in the presence of someone akin to a Greek god.
This Sunday five women – or more aptly young women – were named Olympians. These athletes will be representing our country in the Olympics. The team, aka “the fabulous five,” includes:
Gabby Douglas – age 16
Jordyn Wieber – age 16
McKayla Maroney – age 16
Kyla Ross – age 15
Aly Raisman - age 18
But while these five women were celebrating their triumph, Alicia Sacramone and Nastia Liukin were – most likely – ending their careers. The most stunning was the performance of Nastia Liukin on the uneven bars, where she fell right smack on her face. It was tragic, emotional and completely heartbreaking. After her fall, the crowd roared in her support and after she finished her routine, the cheers got even louder and included a standing ovation, showing love and support for a past Olympic metalist whose stunning career may have ended right before their eyes.
Yes, it’s a big night for these young ladies and for the avid fans who love them. Plus, we have an amazing team going to the Olympics. Go team U.S.A.!
Photos: Sunny Chanel