Going for Gold – The 2012 Summer Olympics!

Oh the Olympics… where the best of the best from more than 200 nations compete, push their bodies to their limits, and aim for top honors.  Here were are about to kick off the 2012 Olympic Games in London and I can’t wait!   USA!! – USA!!

For me growing up, women’s gymnastics was the only event that existed – Mary Lou Retton (first Olympic gold for USA in women’s gymnastics!), Shannon Miller, Kerri Strug (the ankle injury on the vault!), Dominique Moceanu (the Devil Went Down to Georgia, anyone?), and Dominique Dawes captivated my attention and had me cheering for their victories!

1996 Olympics - Women's Gymnastics - USA Gold!

As I got older, men’s swimming won me over – Hello Michael Phelps! (I can’t leave out the Winter Games either – Hello Shaun White!)

(l-r) Michael Phelps, Shaun White

Watching these competitors, these athletes, these Olympians perform in ways that are unimaginable and extraordinary has me, and millions of other Olympic enthusiasts, anticipating what we’ll see this year!  Will Michael Phelps take all again?

With the start of the games and the Opening Ceremonies tonight, (you can access the event lineup and schedule here), I’ll be watching more than just gymnastics and swimming – I promise!

Question: What are your favorite Olympic memories and what events are you excited to see?  Lets reminisce!

Where will you be watching the games? The Yankee Doodle Tap Room is Olympic Headquarters with specials galore! 

Bonus!  Olympic FUN Facts:
Do you know what the Olympic Rings signify?

The five intertwined rings and represents the unity of the five inhabited continents (America, Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe). The colored version of the rings—blue, yellow, black, green, and red—were chosen because every nation had at least one of them on its national flag.

Do you know what the Olympic Motto is?

Citius, Altius, Fortius, a Latin expression meaning “Faster, Higher, Stronger”. The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.

Question:  Do you have any Fun Facts about the Olympics?  

By: Lauren Scarpa

 

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