Young Olympians

Besides being completely sick and exhausted from this pregnancy, another distraction has kept me from getting anything done these last few days: the Olympics.

I had been absolutely glued to the TV every night watching the swim, volleyball, diving, and gymnastics competitions. As we watched the Fav Five take gold the other night in Women’s Gymnastics, my husband turned to me and said, “I always think of Olympians as grown adults, the best in their class. But so many of these incredible athletes are kids-just 17 years old.”

It’s athletes like Missy Franklin recent gold medal swim champion, and the Fav Five gymnasts Gabby Douglas (recent all-around gold medalist), McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber that make me swell with pride at these young, determined, and talented young women who are representing the United States so well. I am amazed at their sportsmanship and ability to perform under pressure. I think it’s so fun to hear of stars like Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga tweet their support.

Watching them gets me excited for my own children’s future and all of life’s possibilities.

I think that’s one of the greatest gifts of the Olympics: the bright glimmer of hope.

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