Our regular tv-watching habits have totally changed this week as the kids and I have been tuning in to the USA Swimming 2012 Olympic Trials.
We’re a pretty noisy group while watching the trials – marveling over the endurance of these athletes, chatting about our own personal preferences for the different swim strokes, and cheering as one swimmer pulls away from all the others. It’s loud and fun and very exciting.
What’s funny is that I have a hard time watching the semi-final heats because I get so anxious, only to realize that “Wait, now they have to swim again!” Just because of that, I tend to focus more on the final heats, though my kids cheer just as eagerly for all of them.
I’ve been particularly touched by two trends emerging in this year’s USA Swimming Olympic Trials: how young some of these great athletes are, and how many first-time Olympians are joining the team. I find it so exciting!
And nothing can reduce me to a puddle of tears faster than seeing the family’s reactions in the stands. When Missy Franklin won her Olympic spot in the 100-meter backstroke, cameras went to her family, and their look of sheer disbelief, followed by beaming pride, had me bawling on my living room couch. How amazing to be sharing these precious moments with people who have worked so hard to achieve their dreams!
The USA Swimming 2012 Olympic Trials run through Monday, July 2. That night, at 7:30pm EST, The Motherhood and USA Swimming will be having a Twitter party to cheer swimmer Dara Torres on in real-time as she competes.
Here are some details:
*Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with USA Swimming and The Motherhood. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.