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#478017 - 08/03/12 10:53 PM The Summer Olympics 2012!
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I have always been a fan of swimming all my life, so please allow me a moment of your time.

When I was younger I used to take my swimming lessons at the YMCA and was considered the best in my class. I could easily do any stroke and with speed. I remember doing this clearly because it is one of the memories I miss the most. My swimming instructor once asked my mother if she'd ask me to compete. Being a shy little boy I said no. So after I passed all my swimming lessons I eventually allowed it to fade into the past.

As time wen on Michael Phelps came to dominate the sport. I never really bothered to watch the Olympics too much until recently. I was floored by his incredible ability and a bit jealous. I admire him greatly for what he has accomplished. If you think swimming is easy then step into the pool and simply do a 75 yard front stroke, you will feel the pain.

So I began to remember my ability and I honestly got very sad as I know I had such an opportunity. I recently began picking up swimming again and decided I am going to train everyday for the next 4 years. Phelps has inspired me.

So what are your thoughts on the Olympics? Is there something you did as a kid and wished you stuck with it? I think it is obvious that to have that drive and desire to be great is nothing short of being Satanic. One final question, can one be too old for being an Olympic qualifier? I certainly hope not.

Here is a video of Phelps freestyle swimming.

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#478018 - 08/03/12 11:04 PM Re: The Summer Olympics 2012! [Re: Unknown]
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While this might not be the popular idea (we have yet to see, for as I type this, nobody has responded yet), I don't care much about the Olympics as far as just the face value of the sports. But, that's because I don't care that much about any sport. However, I do think that it's interesting to see what nations are good at what sports. For example, it's no surprise that the nordic countries tend to excel in the winter sports. Also, when it comes to running, Africans and their decendents have the bone structure to make them excellent runners. These are the things I find interesting.

It's also intriguing to see what types of political moments arise, as in when two (or more) countries that have some sort of dispute, be it actual war, or just economic/diplomatic competition, are also the top competitors in a particular event. Then, it seems, the nations place a lot more value on that gold medal than other events.

Here's another rare opinion that few would agree with: I think that chess should be an event in the Olympics. Yes, yes, I know...it's not physical. But truthfully, I know that on many levels, it is. A chess tournament can be physically exhausting! I do admit, it's much more mentally draining, but still, I wish it was in there. The reason I wish it was in there, though, goes along with what I find interesting about the Olympics. I'd like to see what political and nationality emotions would arise if one country's grand master was pitted against another. I wish I was able to have paid attention when Fischer was facing Spasky back in the day.

As for if there was something I could do in the past that I don't do much of now, it is skateboarding. I recently busted out the board when I was in San Fransico, and found that I've lost some of the skill I had. But, I don't mind. I traded the time I used to spent skating for the time I put into my career, and I wouldn't have it any other way, as I love my job and find it more rewarding than kickflipping ever was.

As I age, I find that some past loves are replaced with new, greater ones. Skateboarding makes way for chess, chasing girls makes way for my very happy marriage, college tom-foolery makes way for a satisfying career.
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#478019 - 08/03/12 11:18 PM Re: The Summer Olympics 2012! [Re: Unknown]
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Archery. I was told at around ten I could compete in the Olympics someday if I kept at it, but I didn't.
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#478022 - 08/03/12 11:26 PM Re: The Summer Olympics 2012! [Re: Unknown]
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I like watching gymnastics. And when Pole Dancing is entered into the Olympics, I'll be watching that too. laugh
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#478024 - 08/04/12 12:28 AM Re: The Summer Olympics 2012! [Re: Mason_Rust]
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Mr. Rust,

I share your interest in how certain nations seem to produce athletes that thrive in a given field repeatedly. Russians seem to be excellent at picking up ridiculous amounts of weights. The US has regularly produced excellent swimmers and divers and it wouldn't surprise me to see a Kenyan lap a cheetah on a circle track.

Have you ever seen the nature videos where a crew of British or American journalists will visit a tribe and document their lifestyle, and upon departure the children will run full bore after the range rover as it heads off into the distance? This is considered giving the visitors a good send off in their culture.

I remember watching a documentary once similar to this but the visitors got a good send off from every warrior and tribal male able to run, not just the kids. I remember these guys running barefoot through the rough terrain and some of the older men were neck and neck with the Jeep for a mile or better! I think enough evidence has finally been gathered to prove without a doubt, Kenyans can haul ASS!

Now throw some $300 shoes on them and remove the busted rock and thorny plant terrain and of course they’re going to win!
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#478030 - 08/04/12 02:23 AM Re: The Summer Olympics 2012! [Re: Unknown]
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I am a fan of the Judo and Greco-roman wrestling. Mainly the Judo.

This is a proud year for American Judoka.

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#478074 - 08/04/12 02:01 PM Re: The Summer Olympics 2012! [Re: Mason_Rust]
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Originally Posted By: Mason_Rust
As I age, I find that some past loves are replaced with new, greater ones. Skateboarding makes way for chess, chasing girls makes way for my very happy marriage, college tom-foolery makes way for a satisfying career.


Well said.

It wouldn't surprise me if our genes program us this way. A young man entering his physical prime might end up doing the best he can for his genes if he wants to push himself physically. A man leaving his physical prime might be helping his genes if he wants to position himself so appears capable of providing for others.

Originally Posted By: Unknown
So what are your thoughts on the Olympics? Is there something you did as a kid and wished you stuck with it?


I was terrible at every team sport. In fact when they'd pick teams it always came down to me and this retarded girl. She got picked before me about half the time. But one year my parents enrolled me in a gymnastics class. It was the first and last time I enjoyed any physical activity before discovering sex.

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#478075 - 08/04/12 02:07 PM Re: The Summer Olympics 2012! [Re: CWH]
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CWH, everytime you post, I miss Brazilian jiu-jitsu that much more. frown
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#478081 - 08/04/12 06:18 PM Re: The Summer Olympics 2012! [Re: DamnedLucky]
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Hey now, I am definitely still in my physical prime! My pride won't let me out of it! The workouts continue!
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#478090 - 08/04/12 07:57 PM Re: The Summer Olympics 2012! [Re: Mason_Rust]
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I work out now more than ever. I do it for many reasons but one is to protect my replicated DNA running around the house.
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#478113 - 08/05/12 02:07 AM Re: The Summer Olympics 2012! [Re: Unknown]
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Personly I have allways been into boxing. I think it's a great way to get to hit and be hit, without some jackass trying io stab you in the back, or take your head off with a "saturday night special."

It was never realy about fighting for me though. More of a dance realy. You know the way you turn your heel when you throw a jab, or the way you twist your whole body into a right cross. confused

As for the the "mating game" (And just wouldn't that just make a great Olyimpic event! grin ) I think that while the things DamnedLucky were talking about are important at any age, it realy comes down to having drive and confidance.

BTW StabAvery I'm loving the new avitar!
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#478284 - 08/06/12 04:47 PM Re: The Summer Olympics 2012! [Re: Mason_Rust]
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Oops! Sorry!

It's just you seem so emotionally mature that I assumed you were well into your 70s (said the embarrassed backpeddler...) whistle

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#478378 - 08/07/12 11:54 AM A Decision [Re: Unknown]
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I have decided that for the next 4-8 years I will dedicate myself to mastering the art and science of swimming. I have decided that I want to qualify for the Olympics.

I have always been good at it and I feel this is what I want to do. I know I may have a shot in hell but I want to do it.
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#478387 - 08/07/12 04:11 PM Re: The Summer Olympics 2012! [Re: DamnedLucky]
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70's!? Ugh! Then I truly do need a new avatar image!
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#478439 - 08/08/12 05:45 AM Re: The Summer Olympics 2012! [Re: Mason_Rust]
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Just face it Mr. Rust, we're getting old. rip
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