I've been super busy with Cougar Crazies lately, but watching the Olympics motivated me to do a blog post over here. I have enjoyed watching the competitions this past week, but I want to make it known that my children will never be competitive gymnasts.
1. The crying - In watching the Olympics I've seen several girls, and a few men, break down in tears over poor performance. I understand the agony of defeat, but there's so much pressure put on these little girls to win that it's often just too much too handle. Crying in sports should be a rarity, not a regular occasion. If my kid is going to cry in sports, it'll be due to the pressure from a father forcing his child to shoot 500 jump shots a day, nothing else.
2. China - China has been up to something these Olympics. I just know it. And the gymnastics competitions have only confirmed my suspicion. There was definitely some home cookin' goin' on if you ask me, and that makes me mad. And therefore, gymnastics are banned in our household.
3. The coach/athlete relationship - For some reason I get weirded out by these middle-aged grown men that coach these young girls (or worse, boys). I don't get it. I probably never will. But seeing a 16 year old girl and a 50 year old man hugging all the time and calling each other "best friends" just doesn't sit well with me. Don't either one have friends their own age? I understand they should be close....but c'mon.......kissing? Weird. And father daughter kissing? Even weirder.
4. Size - This one's a little more practical. The size of your average gymnast is about 5'2" and 105 pounds. The size of your average Winn is about 6'4" and 280 pounds. Nuff said.
Note 1: This post was not cleared with Lesley. Therefore, this could all be taken back if she wants our kids to be gymnasts. Except for the size part.
Note 2: This post is not intended as an announcement regarding children. Sorry Evan & Brad.