I am obsessed. I cannot turn off my TV. The Olympic Trials have been on the tube every night and I can't wait to see what will happen. Ryan Lochte could be my new favorite athlete-at least for the summer. This guy trains like a "World's Strongest Man" competitor, and is swimming stroke for stroke with Michael Phelps in every race. It is ridiculously exciting. And for the record, the last time I watched competitive swimming-for that matter any swimming-was the 2008 Olympics. And I loved it then too. How could you not? The drama, the intensity of it all. Swimming for literally years of your life-and then achieving the dream, it's awesome.
Track and field has also been exciting. Another sport most people watch only every four years. Watching new athletes make the team and others watch their dream disappear, it is the best reality TV out there. Sorry Jersey Shore. This is real life playing out-with an incredible amount of hard work and dedication by every single competitor and you can feel how much they each want it, and are fighting for their spots.
And we haven't even gotten to the crazy stuff-the equestrian events, archery, shooting, taekwondo, wrestling-it is really funny that for a few summer months every four years, all everyone can talk about is the amazing wrestler, or the unbelievable weightlifter or the synchronized swimming routine that the US performed. We become obsessed with each event, its stars, their stories-what it has taken each person to reach this goal of the Olympics.
For most of the time in between Olympics, I don't think much about most of the sports in the Olympics. But I have been on the edge of my seat for these trials. I care about who is going to win the swimming events. and I am rooting for the divers. And the athletes in track that are finally breaking through. And for the local Chicago athletes that are making their first Olympic team. Makes me feel proud-not sure why, it's not like I did anything besides reside in the Chicago area. But I am invested and completely sucked in. And we haven't even gotten to the best part yet-The 2012 London Olympics. I can't wait.