I can’t even begin to tell you how absolutely excited our family is for the start of the summer Olympic games tonight! We have been counting down the days until the opening ceremonies for at least 2 weeks now…. and that is in spite of the fact that really, for us, the Olympics started two days ago with the first matches in Women’s Soccer (including the US vs France where the US won 4-2 after being down 2-0 in the first 15 minutes!). We’ve already cheered for several men’s games too (although sadly the US did not qualify in mens soccer for this Olympic games). My kids plan to be parked squarely in front of the TV this evening, dining on “snacky foods” like chicken wings and pizza bites and cheering for all of their favorite countries- which includes the US, China, Brazil, and Spain, just to name a few!
They are sincerely hoping that I will lift all TV viewing restrictions for the next two weeks- as they have plans to watch soccer, swimming, rowing, diving, gymnastics, biking, running, track and field, fencing, volleyball, and possibly two dozen more events that I cannot recall. So the big question? How will I know what events are taking place when? Each day I use the NBC Olympics website to see what will be showing on TV for the coming day, and if I feel that this coverage isn’t enough, I can also browse the online listings- because NBC is going to have live streaming of every single event online. Kinda scary. Very definitely fulfills all of my kids Olympic viewing desires. (Although you can be assured, that there WILL be viewing limitations in my household… I just haven’t quite worked out exactly what they will be!)
The cool thing about my kids and the Olympics- is that is doesn’t turn them into the total couch potatoes that you might imagine (or that I am portraying here). They watch the events, and then they get inspired to go out and try the activities, or pretend that they are the athletes. And without any prompting I find them all in the driveway organizing their own running, scooter, or bike races. It makes them want to work harder, to try to do better, and of course, to visualize their own “dreams of greatness”! They are truly inspired by the Olympic games. And that makes me love the Olympics even more.
So- is YOUR family excited to watch the Olympics? Which events and why? Please leave a comment here and share!