When I watched the Olympics, as a little girl, I liked to pretend that I, too, was an Olympic athlete competing for gold.
By summer, I was a gymnast, a diver, a swimmer. And by winter, I was—of course—an ice skater. My sister and I had all three Olympic Gymnast Barbies (the blonde, the brunette, and the African-American), as well as the Olympic Stacies (whose costumes looked more like pajamas). And we’d judge each other on jumps, flips, and spins in our pool until my mom would drag us out by our raisiny fingers.
Did you ever dream of being Olympians?
Did you want to be Keri Strugg, with her incredible one-footed landing? Dominique Moceanu, with her energetic floor routine? Mia Hamm and the rest of the unstoppable US soccer team? Or Michelle Kwan, Kristi Yamaguchi, Tara Lipinski…
Question of the Day:
Who are your Olympic idols? And did you ever dream of competing in a certain Olympic sport?