I am a Pisces, born in the middle of March, but I’ve never associated myself with all of the attributes that supposedly come along with the sign.
Except for one thing: I am all about the water.
I can’t remember a time in my life that I didn’t associate myself with swimming or some kind of water sport. I spent every summer of my life, from about age 12 on, at camp. I took sailing and windsurfing lessons, learned to water ski and did my first lake swims. I became a CIT and later a counselor, focusing on teaching kids how to swim, ski and surf.
I started competing in swim meets when I was in middle school and continued on a team through my freshman year in high school (when we moved to a new town, I attended a school that didn’t have a team). I joined the club swim team in college, started training for triathlon in 2007 and now spend every weekend that I can in our backyard pool.
I love swimming, and I worked hard. But I never quite had the talent or drive to become an elite athlete — and that’s why I find myself so awed by the young (and not-so!) men and women who have qualified and are still working to qualify for the London Olympics. I’m amazed by the time, effort, physical labor, sweat, tears, money and more they and their families pour into the sport (did you see all of the moms and dads cheering and crying in the stands this weekend?).
I’m a fan of the Olympics and have found myself glued to the TV this weekend for the trials, especially in diving (and I’ll be watching swimming tonight). I’ve already marked my calendar to watch as much of the triathlon coverage as possible.
The athletes prove that when you have the talent and you back it up with commitment and belief, you can do amazing things. I’m so proud of our teams!
What event are you most excited about at this year’s Olympics?