Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Triple putz

I can't help it; the Olympics are so fascinating to me. It's been a few years (um, I guess, necessarily 4) since I last watched them cause I don't much care for the summer Olympics. Now that I am a little older, and absolutely no wiser, I am struck by exactly how much older I am than everybody competing. I still recall being a little girl and making my parents videotape the ice skating that occurred past my bedtime so I could watch it the next afternoon. Anyone who told me the results prior to the viewing would be rewarded with a week-long silent treatment.

Most of all, I idolized these sprightly girls who could fly through the air in pretty clothes. Even in fifth grade, I probably towered over them, but they looked so glamorous to me. They had an interesting ageless quality: they were at once much much older than me, but also seemingly about my age because they were so small and cute.

Now, I watch the Sasha Cohens and Emily Hugheses of the world with the same eye my mom probably gave them back in 1992. They are so much younger than I am. They are younger than my younger sister. In some cases, I could have babysat them. And here they are, conquering the world, at the pinnacle of their sport, sometimes surmounting tragic circumstances (especially if they are Russian).

I always idolized them and wanted to achieve something too. I'm not sure how that logically led into law school, which maybe used to pass for an achievement 20 years ago. But maybe at least the Olympics will motivate me to go to the gym, at the very least.

But probably not. Somehow, there's something so perversely satisfying about watching Olympic athletes sweat while eating chips on the sofa and criticizing their Lutzes.

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