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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Olympics 8/8/2008

I generally don't get too personal with my feelings on my blog since everyone in the world can access it, but I felt inclined to do so today.




For anyone who missed Sunday's 8/10/08 Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay it was a MUST SEE!!! The race was incredible, I can't imagine how those 4 men must have felt after that race. I felt chills watching it, and it may be silly to say, but I almost wanted to cry. I felt great patriotism watching the US win such an amazing race!


I think I felt so connected to it because I grew up swimming and know how hard it is to make a come back like that. After the race, I began to reflect on my past as a swimmer and all the wonderful experiences I had. I learned a lot from being on a swim team, though swimming is generally an individual event, I learned a lot about team work, making the most out of your triumphs and defeats, I developed a lot of confidence, and surprisingly a strong testimony on the Word of Wisdom (those of you unfamiliar with the Word of Wisdom, it is a health code that Latter Saints live by...it includes abstaining from coffee, tea, tobacco, drugs, alcohol, and includes eating a healthy diet). I watched many excellent athletes fall into the party scene in high school and lose their ability to become great athletes.


As I look back, I feel gratitude for my swimming ability that I've been blessed with, for great coach's that spent endless hours working with me, for all the great friendships I developed, and for all the wonderful things I learned...Though I may not have very many outward talents or should I say hobbies (which I often complain about..ie scrapbooking, decorating, cooking, etc...) I am grateful for my one talent in swimming.

8 comments:

Lauren said...

Preach it sista! Did you see the 40 year old woman who was dominating? I thought of you...I think you could do it. I would totally come and watch you in the Olympics. Anyway, I liked your post, the Olympics always reminds me of the joy of healthy competition.

Ryan said...

Thankyou for the outpouring of olympic spirit! go USA! too bad there isnt web-surfing, or 90's progressive dancing in the olympics... I would rock.

Tbone said...

You swim like a fish! I was impressed, just with your recreational "International Swimming with the Russians" exhibition at the Hunt Pool Compound for Mackenzie's birthday. By the way, you have many talents, they aren't always the flauntible kind though. For one thing, every human being on earth who meets you seems to like you afterwards. You are always willing to make brownies, or shamrock cookies, or strawberry shortcake for people when they are hungry, and yet demand that they limit their soda consumption to avoid ingesting too much refined sugar.

And...in response to Ryan's post, if buffet endurance eating, sofa sitting, freestyle rapping or cussing without actually cussing were olympic events, I would be earning some bling.

Nicole said...

Hey there you surviving in Nursery?
I freaking love the Olympics. And I may want to be in one someday. Did you watch the the marathon runners sprinting the whole way!

Scott and Jamie said...

DAN THE MAN!!! Oh my gosh, I can't believe I found your blog off of my friend Mimi's (by the way, how do you know her?) Her family moved to El Dorado Hills the same summer my mom did back in 2001. But another small world is that I totally hung out with Jonathan Gainor at Ricks... like all the time with Dan Dickman and the clan... he should remember. Anywho, good to see you're doing well, married with kid already, she's darling, well keep in touch!

The Gainors said...

sooooo, hiatus? what's up? i need something witty to read you guys.

Robyn Hollobaugh said...

Hey, what happened to you guys? Miss you!

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