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Olympimania!!

Who's watching the Olympics? What do you think so far? Is your LO watching it with you? If so, what's his/her favorite sport?

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We're glued to the TV. I liked the opening ceremony. It was no Beijing but it wasn't a disappointment either. I'm always excited to watch the parade of nations and I was so pleased to see that this is the first year that every nation has female athletes and that women outnumber men on the US team. Go vaginas! I really like watching the cycling this year. Why ever would that be? Wink We're letting Teagan watch (can't really stop her since its on all day) and she doesn't really care for the most part. She's watching synchronized diving with DH right now and LOVING it. She's sitting on top of the couch, counting to three then jumping down. I give her a perfect 10!

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Aiden could care less about the Olympics though he did watch some women's beach volleyball earlier today. Ha ha. I keep it on when DH isn't around. The man turned it off at 8pm saying he was done and I'd seen enough. Ugh. The man loves to play sports, just not watch them! I'm grateful most of the time for this fact, but not right now!!! The man better get over it bc I WILL watch team gymnastics!!! :brucelee:
I really enjoyed the sync women's diving tonight. I also liked the women's team rowing this afternoon.

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I've had them on quite a bit as DH & DD are gone for the weekend! DS has been watching some of it with me. I've enjoyed the volleyball and swimming!!

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I try to turn it on as much as possible. I really enjoy swimming, diving and gymnastics. DD1 loves the gymnastics. Lainey doesn't really notice the TV, she just copies whatever DD1 is doing.

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I don't have tv. Sad I would totally be watching if I did! Addy would love it.

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We've tried watching it online on the NBC website. We're so mad. They keep saying its all available online but you have to have a subscription to cable or satellite to view a lot of it. So F-ing lame.

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Watched a bit of it. DS1 is really into women's weight lifting which is a bit strange.

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I'll be the odd one out, we aren't watchung any and are not likely to seek anything out to watch just be bombarded with all the stuff on news shows etc about it. I really couldn't care less, none of the sports really interest me enough to seek them out to watch

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ditto

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

We've tried watching it online on the NBC website. We're so mad. They keep saying its all available online but you have to have a subscription to cable or satellite to view a lot of it. So F-ing lame.

WTF. That makes no sense to me.

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"rubber_da_glove" wrote:

Watched a bit of it. DS1 is really into women's weight lifting which is a bit strange.

ROFL That's hilarious!

I really just like the gymnastics. Diving is pretty cool, too.

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I like the gymnastics and swimming the most. DS and DD could care less for the things they have seen. They aren't awake for a lot of it though!

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Beach volleyball is on currently and DH wants to know why they're wearing so much clothing. ROFL

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

Beach volleyball is on currently and DH wants to know why they're wearing so much clothing. ROFL

I was in the bedroom when it came on an all I heard was "WHAT, NO BIKINIS?!?!"

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I asked DH if he knew the rules and he said, "Yeah, hit the ball over the net. Now look up what's up with the clothes!"
Glad it's not just my husband. Ha ha.

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

I was in the bedroom when it came on an all I heard was "WHAT, NO BIKINIS?!?!"

"alwayssmile" wrote:

Beach volleyball is on currently and DH wants to know why they're wearing so much clothing. ROFL

Seriously, wouldn't that bottom constantly be up your butt when your moving around SO much!?!?!

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

Beach volleyball is on currently and DH wants to know why they're wearing so much clothing. ROFL

My Dh was also disappointed. At first we thought it was just because they were in the prelims, but then DH heard that is the new uniform this year. He said, "When their ratings drop they'll bring back the old bikinis" Wink

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Its probably because its flipping cold in London.

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I'm sure beach volley ball had lots of watchers n the Sydney olympics, and that was in the tail end of winter

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

I was in the bedroom when it came on an all I heard was "WHAT, NO BIKINIS?!?!"

"alwayssmile" wrote:

I asked DH if he knew the rules and he said, "Yeah, hit the ball over the net. Now look up what's up with the clothes!"
Glad it's not just my husband. Ha ha.

ROFL It would have been the same over here if we were watching. For sure.

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We watch it as much as possible. I like the volleyball M & W, gymnastics, M & W, swimming, diving, etc. There isn't much that I won't watch on it. DH gets a little bored with it but there is some he'll watch of it.
Madison was really into the mens synch diving last night, she was clapping and counting down for them.

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I have it on. I like the women's gymnastics, the diving (especially sync) and the swimming competitions. The rest is blah for me.

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"cactuswren" wrote:

Did you guys see this? Lol
http://thefw.com/olympic-diving-funny-faces/

Bwahahahahaha!

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That was GREAT. ROFL

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Ryland really wants to see diving. DH, Archer, and I got to catch some swimming last night. DH sooo wants to see water polo as he has some friends and old team mates that are on the team. Odin hasn't a clue the TV isn't usually on during his waking hours. Poor guys misses out...lol.

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AUGH! I just want to see the gymnastic!!! Why oh why does it have to be last to show on their line up?!?! I totally can't stay up that late, so looks like I'll be recording it to watch tomorrow. Stupid NBC. I do NOT like your coverage!!! :banghead:

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"cactuswren" wrote:

Did you guys see this? Lol
http://thefw.com/olympic-diving-funny-faces/

ROFL

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Ok. So I'm watching women's gymnastics and they're talking about the family that moved halfway across the country so their daughter could train with a certain coach. Theoretical question: if your child showed incredible, possibly Olympic quality talent in a sport, would you go to any length to make sure they had they best possible chance at making to the Olympics? What if you made a huge sacrifice as a family, and they didn't make it?

For me, it's hard to say. If it was truly my child's passion and the drive was coming from HER (ie: not being pushed into it by us, coach, friends, etc) I think we'd do whatever we could within reason. I don't think we'd go so far as to move to be near a particular coach. For me, the most important thing would be that it is what SHE wants, and that she loves what she is doing.

Apparently one of my little cousins (she's really not so little any more, she's probably 11 or 12 now) shows some potentially-Olympic-quality talent for diving. She dives every day, and my aunt takes her to Texas every summer for some type of diving training with an Olympic coach. I think, as long as she loves it and she WANTS to do it, that it is pretty cool that they are able to support her in that way.

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What a thought. I guess, if I really sit down and think about it, it would depend on a lot of factors--I mean, I'm not even certain we'd have the ABILITY to do that, you know? But I think your thoughts on the topic are about as good as it gets in terms of the general question. It would really, REALLY have to be essential to her ability to succeed, though. If there was the option of trying harder with a lesser coach and still making it...I'd do that first.

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For me i would try to get Ronin acvepted to either the Queenslqnd or Australian institute of sport but we would probably have to mobe, howeer i would not move for a coach, at least if he went to qis or ais i would know they really saw his potential and would be there to develop him to a competing at national and international standard

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I would be willing to take my child(ren) to camp(s) where ever they are, but I would not permanently move. If the whole family could move I'd really consider it, but I'm just not willing to split up our family. We'll have enough obstacles in our family life to want to add me moving away with the kids. I think staying together as a family is more important. Sorry to my kids. You have a mean mommy. Wink

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Absolutely not. DH and I have talked about that a lot since the games have started. We want Teagan to participate in sports but not the kind that cause horrific injuries, like gymnastics. I loved gymnastics as a kid but I never got anywhere near competition level. I had some friends who did and they always had broken bones and missed a lot of school. If Teagan wants to be crazy about sports like that, she can wait until she's older and make the choice for herself and involved herself in a civilized sport .. like cycling :). I do not believe for a second that 16 year old Olympic gymnasts make it there because of their own drive. Its all their coaches and parents.

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I totally agree with that (re: gymnastics) but what if it WAS a "more civilized" sport? Or some other non-sports-related super talent? An interesting question in general.

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I don't think there's ever really a reason to pick up and move the whole family across the country for a coach or a school. Some of the finest athletes have trained with their hometown coaches their entire lives. Some of the most successful people in the world have attended subpar schools. Sure, once we're done with our PhDs we're going to move somewhere that will have excellent elementary schools but it won't be a matter of selecting a school and then finding jobs near there. The same goes for her college education. I'm NOT shelling out $500,000 so she can go to Harvard or Juilliard. She can get a marvelous education at a state school. If she wants to go to a name brand school, she can take on her own debt or work her butt off for scholarships. I'd prefer that she goes to an out-of-state school for the experience of being away from home and I'll gladly help get her through college but I fully expect her to work for scholarships. Yes, its our job to support our children in any way we can but I don't feel its our job to put our lives on the back burner so that our kids can achieve their dreams without working for them.

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I agree. That's what I was trying to get at with the "if there is an option to just do well with what you've got"...I guess if I lived in a tiny town with no options and my kid had real aptitude for something specialized, though, I could see trying to fix that situation.