The official countdown until the summer Olympics is 30 days. 30 days! I can’t wait. I may not be much of a sports fan the rest of the time (except for football when I have money riding on it and baseball and hockey when I’m attending a game in person) but during the two weeks worth of Olympics-goodness every two years? I’m glued to the TV watching sports that I’ve never heard of or seen outside of the Olympics. I even have some official Olympic pins around here someplace. I think they’re from the 1996 Atlanta games.
I’m even glued to the Olympics trials. I watched the track and field trials Saturday night, then the swimming ones last night. Gymnastics is next up – my second favorite Olympic sport after figure skating. Although I also like to watch curling, track and field, snowboarding, skiing, swimming and, well, just about everything.
I’ve been trying to determine exactly when I became so obsessed with this biennial sporting event, and I think it dates back to when I was a figure skater. Sure, I never made it beyond the Cleveland area (although I dreamed of someday making it to the Olympics for about a year before getting burned out on the sport), but I was inspired to watch every national and international figure skating competition that I could. I even went to the Ice Capades one year at the old Richfield Coliseum. So, roughly since I was 12 years old, I’ve been obsessed with the Olympics. And I don’t see that obsession waning anytime soon.