August 16, 2004

Hand the boy his medal (and a kleenex)

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Congratulations to Ian Thorpe for winning the Olympic gold in the 200 Freestyle. The olive branch crown was lovely on his still-wet locks, however, the booger/snot on his right cheek wasn't as appealing. Hat tip to my dearest R for "having the observation skills necessary to locate said booger/snot." Thanks, dear, for making the medal ceremony more bearable for us devoted patriotic American fans. (I will post a close up shot as soon as I can find one).

Michael Phelps adds to his medals by swimming a personal best and earning a bronze. We still love ya, Michael :)

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Pass the Pride, Please

The Olympics is doing nothing for me getting my house cleaned.

I love watching even the mundane sports like Shuffleboard and Archery. I do draw the line at Bowling, though. Well, wait. Now that I think about it.....

Competitive to a fault, I love watching the best of the best. All of my girls have R's determination and my competitiveness and I do believe that one day we will be sitting in the stands watching one (or more) compete for the glory of her country and sport for the gold.

I love how the Olympics bring back memories of the dreams we had as children. I love seeing the glittering little eyes as we watch. I love the pride in country it inspires. I love the respect it demands. I love that every four years (actually two, now) my children can find a hero worthy of emulating. I love the Olympics. Can you tell?

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August 14, 2004

One Down, Six to Go

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Congratulations, Michael Phelps and Erik Vendt on Olympic gold and silver (respectively) in the 400 Individual Medley. Extra accolades to Phelps for setting a new world record (breaking your own just set last month).

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Congratulations also, to the U.S. Women's 4x100 Freestyle Relay Team for taking the silver and to Jenny Thompson for acquiring her eleventh medal.

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