Friday, July 27, 2012

Olympic Hopefuls

I hate sports. But, I love the Olympic Games! I will watch all the events except the traditional sport ones like hockey, baseball or soccer. Believe it or not, curling is really exciting (although that's a winter sport so it won't be featured in London).


Watching the Olympics just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Seeing all the athletes come together for their respective countries is incredible. I can't wait to watch the opening ceremony tonight!

Here is a list of stand-out Olympians competing at the London games.

Cullen Jones: A member of the US Swim Team, Jones nearly drowned on a family vacation as a kid and now spends his time teaching children the importance of knowing how to swim.
Ellis Coleman: The wrestler also known as the Flying Squirrel! Ellis is also from the Chicago area so I'll be rooting extra hard for him!  
Gabby Douglas: I just loved watching her at the gymnastic trials. Her artistry is memorizing and her skill is incredible. I can't wait to see what she does at the Games.
Julie Zetlin (she doesn't seem to have a website): Julie is the first and only American to compete in rhythmic gymnastics since the 2004 Olympics.
Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor: I'm crazy excited that these ladies are back to try and take home a third gold in beach volleyball!
Lolo Jones: She was the favorite to take home gold in Bejing but tripped during her hurdles race. I'm really pulling for her to bring it home this time! 
Matthew Stutzman: An armless archer competing at the Paralympic Games.
Oscar Pistorius: A South African who will be the first double amputee competing in track and field in the Olympic Games. There was a bit of controversy over whether or not his prosthetic were an advantage over the other runners, but he is being allowed to compete.
Ryan Lochte (there's music on his site): Probably the only swimmer that could jeopardize Michael Phelps' attempt at another eight gold medals (ETA: Phelps is now going for seven golds, not eight). He's also kind of fun to look at :)

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