The family made a big deal out of the opening ceremonies last night. We ate dinner on snack trays while watching with the lights off. We oohed and ahhed, critiqued and applauded. And through it all, I thought about our experience from just a couple of weeks ago- the Junior Olympics National Championships. I asked Youngest how she felt marching in as we watched the different nations march in, and she was all grins.
In the past, the kids’ interest in watching the Olympics has varied, but had been mostly indifference. Hubby and I’ve always loved watching them. The ceremonies always make me cry, as it did last night. I was surprised, therefore, by my kids as they expressed an interest in watching most of the events this year. I can’t help but think our own personal experience had something to do with the shift. This once in a lifetime event, I believe, has forever reshaped the meaning of the Olympics for us in a very special, personal way. Naturally, I’m thrilled.
When we returned from California, I shared some pictures and video on facebook. But I thought I’d put the videos here, in one place for posterity, for us all to see and enjoy!
These two videos show Youngest on the double-mini trampoline. She placed 3rd in her flight (group) and 12th in the nation.
These two videos show Youngest doing her power tumbling passes. She placed 2nd in her flight and 6th in the nation. Only .20 separated her from the 3rd place gymnast in the nation. Talk about fierce competition!
The irony is, that in tumbling, she started practicing passes three levels higher than what she competed. She is currently retired from the sport, opting to try cheerleading instead. It was the hardest decision for her to make. But this has been her life and she wants to see what else is out there. Who am I to say no? She can’t make intelligent decisions without experience and knowledge. So here I am, basking in the glow of my daughter’s triumph, knowing years from now, she’ll think back and think the same…