If you’re like me, you remember the days of the Soviet Union and how we boycotted the Olympics held there and how they boycotted the Olympics held here. You also hear every year of Olympians withdrawing from the competition for social reasons or because they want to concentrate on another event. That’s what Shawn White did. He wanted to concentrate on the half pipe so he dropped out of Slopestyle. Maybe it was to concentrate on half pipe or maybe it was because he didn’t want to get injured or maybe it was because he wasn’t the clear favorite going in. But, Brandon Davis had to sit home and watch because he pulled out the day before the competition, not in time for Davis to get to Sochi. So, it’s just another story of these Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. In the end Shawn White didn’t even medal in half pipe so, it was kind of vindication in a way and didn’t hurt my feelings that he didn’t make the podium, even if he is “American”. But I’m not here to talk about Olympic Boycots or individuals withdrawing. I’m talking about MY withdrawal.
Olympic Withdrawal – I’m sad
I sure am glad baseball season is here. For nearly every night for 2 weeks, our family was sitting watching the prime time Olympic coverage. If we couldn’t watch it live, we taped it and watched it the next day. We went skiing with Melanie’s family during the second weekend and even in our Mountain Lodge, we would sit and talk and watch the Olympics. There is something very special about the Olympics. I am not exactly sure what it is. In the old days, they were all amateur athletes. Then, as Countries started allowing professionals to play, it took some of the mystique out of it for some of us. For instance, do you remember the “Miracle on Ice” in 1980? It was basically a bunch of College guys beating a bunch of professional hockey players and we didn’t stand a chance. But we won. Or in the Summer Olympics in 1996 when Kerri Strug twisted her ankle on the vault but had to go do it again and stick the landing to win the team gold…and she did? It’s moments like those that capture our imagination and make our hearts skip a beat. So, now that baseball season is here, we’re at the park 4 or 5 days a week and I have something to occupy my time so I don’t miss it so badly.
Olympic Withdrawal – The Great Athletes
I have never pretended to be an Olympic caliber athlete. I have done a lot of the sports they show on TV though. I’ve tried to ski moguls (bumps), I’ve tried to jump little jumps and actually pulled off double daffies and mule kicks when I was younger. I “attempted” a 360 once. ONCE. I’ve skied slalom. I’ve attempted to ice skate. I’ve sledded down a hill. The thing I love about the Olympics though, whether it’s Winter or Summer, is these Athletes have put so much time into perfecting their sport that something that is incredibly hard for me turns into something beautiful and graceful or fast and furious for them. To watch the Olympics is truly to watch Athletes at the very top of their games perform at the very highest level. The competition is fierce, but the comradery the athletes show toward one another is heart warming. There are also the stories they show throughout the competition about how the athletes had to overcome injury, heartache, family loss, and other tragedies in order to get to the Olympics, along with the countless hours and hours of practice they put in. I would guess the amount of hours practicing to competing varies with different sports, but there is no doubt that hundreds and thousands of hours are put into practicing for 3 to 5 minute competitions. It is amazing to me to think that the hockey players can skate backwards as fast as they can skate forward, while holding a stick and knocking a puck around or to watch the grace and power of the figure skaters or to watch the skiers busting it down a hill at 90 mph with their skis bouncing around like paper on their feet making micro-adjustments just to stay on the course. It’s just amazing to me.
Olympic Withdrawal – But the Olympics will be back SOON!!
The 2016 Summer Olympics will be held in Rio and they are just a mere 887 days to go from today. You can see the countdown and see the official site here. The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in South Korea and you can see the site here.
So, like Frosty the Snowman, they will be back again some day. But to me, the saddest words of the Olympics were when the IOC Head got up to the podium and said….”I declare the 22nd Olympic Winter Games closed. In accordance with tradition, I call upon the youth of the world to assemble four years from now in PyeongChang to celebrate with us the 23rd Olympic Winter Games.”
So, tomorrow, I am going to get up and do something!! You will likely never be an Olympic Caliber Athlete, but you can be the best you can be. Just get up and get moving and don’t let life pass you by. You can do it!! Contact me and let me help you lose weight and get in shape and be the best you that you can be.