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megrfl
2010-Jan-31, 07:10 PM
I had several.

A gymnast, a track star, and a speed skater. I'll be brief.

Gymnastics.
My gymnast dreams ended when I realized that all of the Olympic gymnasts are short or smaller in stature than me, the tallest being, I think 5’4”. I’m 5’10”.
During one summer Olympic gymnastics program, while watching on the living room floor, I extended my leg with precision and perfectly pointed toes and tripped my mother, who happened to be crossing the room and who subsequently did a full body slam (no exaggeration) unto the floor. How was she to know that I was about to begin my floor routine. I asked her if I should call an ambulance, she said, “No, just let me lie here awhile.”…
She’s fine. Her hip replacement went well. :shifty:

Track Star.
Not one female could run faster than me!!
Well, I was wrong. I had my butt handed to me so many times. Oh, I have plenty of trophies and was fast, still am, just not fast enough. My disappointment was deep and is still felt.

Speed Skater.
I’m unable to ice skate slow.
I love flying around the track, thighs burning, winded.
When I see forty something athletes competing in the Olympics, I think, should I. Should I move back up north, get a sponsor, put my skates back on and give it a shot, train my butt off… I could be ready for the next winter Olympics in four years…

Thankfully, these whimsical thoughts are short lived.

I just want to acknowledge all of the Olympic athletes, the ones who’ve made it and to the ones who haven’t. They are all a little nuts, most of them in a good way. Their dedication to their sports is amazing and appreciated.

The games begin February 12th, in Vancouver, BC, I hear they need some fresh snow, but regardless, they will be ready. I wish I could go.

Did/Do you have an Olympic dream/s or any other big dreams? Please share.

Still dreaming,
megr

KaiYeves
2010-Jan-31, 11:55 PM
I remember the 2000 Sydney Olympics. I wanted to be a gymnast, but then I realized I wasn't very flexible, then I wanted to be a swimmer, but I realized I couldn't swim very fast.

So then, for a while, I thought I wasn't good at sports at all, but then I discovered I was a fair long-distance runner. Not competition-worthy, but good enough to get enjoyment from running.

closetgeek
2010-Feb-01, 01:09 AM
I was sure I was going to be a gymnast, growing up. I was fearless and believed that "little girls can fly." An after school gymnastics program is about as far as it ever went. Once I saw the torture and dedication those girls go through to make it, I am glad my parents never took it further than recreational. Kudos to them!

Jim
2010-Feb-01, 03:16 AM
Curling.

I first saw this a couple of Olympics ago and became fascinated with the skill and strategy involved. Also, as Kristi Yamaguchi remarked, this is the only sport in which you can enjoy beer and pizza during the competition.

Jens
2010-Feb-01, 06:24 AM
During one summer Olympic gymnastics program, while watching on the living room floor, I extended my leg with precision and perfectly pointed toes and tripped my mother, who happened to be crossing the room and who subsequently did a full body slam (no exaggeration) unto the floor. How was she to know that I was about to begin my floor routine. I asked her if I should call an ambulance, she said, “No, just let me lie here awhile.”…
She’s fine. Her hip replacement went well. :shifty:


I think you just chose the wrong one. You obviously have talent at judo. :)

megrfl
2010-Feb-01, 02:01 PM
Jens, Don't put any ideas in my head. :)

megrfl
2010-Feb-01, 02:02 PM
An after school gymnastics program is about as far as it ever went.

Mine went as far as the living room floor. :)

hhEb09'1
2010-Feb-01, 02:19 PM
When cloud melting gets to be an olympic event, call me, I'll kill :)

MAPNUT
2010-Feb-01, 02:52 PM
When I was 16 I had a dream of meeting Peggy Fleming at the Winter Olympics. I played hockey at the time, so I was going to be on the Olympic hockey team. Since I was a mediocre hockey player, I guess it was more of a fantasy.

Argos
2010-Feb-01, 02:59 PM
When I was younger I could run 100 meters in 12 seconds, without any training. I could have pursued a sprinter career If I wasn´t distracted by silly rock-star dreams.

Chuck
2010-Feb-02, 03:36 PM
After a couple of years of jogging and some faster running I wondered if I could be competitive so I bought a stop watch and timed what I though was a fast mile. Five minutes and 31 seconds. That was disappointing. I might have improved that time but I didn't foresee any four minute miles.

DonM435
2010-Feb-02, 08:15 PM
I really wanted to play baseball, but when they make you a late-inning defensive specialist in high school, they're telling you something profound about your batting abilities.