For the past two weeks the television has actually been on in the Valentine house. Hot Builder, our two kids and I have watched athletes from all over the world whirl, jump, shoot, swim, dance and run their way to medals.
We've cheered (and cried...okay so I did all the crying) with the winners and felt so, so bad for the losers. Honestly though, should we really call people who made it to the Olympics losers? To loosely quote Olivia Kelly, " I can barely do a dash to the corner mailbox without keeling over."
Still, I (and my family) was inspired by the Olympians. Every. Last. One.
However, there were a few that stuck out for me:
Sixteen year old gymnast and Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas. She is the type of role model I want for my daughter: smart, healthy body image, spiritual and driven. Yes, I do know that it's up to me to teach my daughter (and son) how to act and give her a moral compass, but it is so encouraging to have a public figure that helps parents instead of hindering them.
Yet I salute Michael Phelps and consider him a role model for my son, because I think it's important to know two things: you will always get caught, and you can recover from it through hard work. It would have been entirely easy to write Michael off, but he persevered. He stopped messing around and got his butt back in the pool, which led him to win a total of 22 medals. EIGHTEEN were GOLD. He is considered the greatest athlete of our time.
And who can forget Jamaica's Usain Bolt- a man with lots of self-confidence that liked to boast and the means to back it up. Yet, he stopped an interview when the National Anthem (for our country) played for another competitor's medal ceremony. Class act all the way around.
Last, but certainly not least is Saudi Arabia's Wojdan Shaherkani, braving the judo mat and her country's not so impressive women's rights policy to compete. She, like Gabby Douglas, is only sixteen and is the first woman from Saudi Arabia to be permitted to compete. She didn't move on from the first round, but she's a winner in my book.
So, Dear Readers, tell me who was your favorite Olympian, or what was your favorite Olympic Moment?
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