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Olympic dreamers always go for the gold

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Updated: August 1, 2012 4:52PM



Are you watching the Olympics? Isn’t it awe-inspiring what the human body, coupled with the focus and determination of the mind, can do?

There’s an old saying that records were created to be broken, but watching these world-class athletes, you have to wonder, just how much faster, how much stronger, how many more seemingly impossible athletic feats can a human being pull off?

When I was little girl, I would fantasize about becoming an Olympic gold-medal winner. At that time, both the summer and winter games were held the same time of year every four years.

During the summer events, in my head I would become a world-class gymnast, flipping and flying through the air, sticking my landings to perfection. The only problem was, I could never even master the art of a cartwheel. Any delusions of excellence were dashed by the ground repeatedly racing up to smack me in the face.

My imaginary winter sport of choice was downhill skiing. While the speed of the sport was alluring and I thought the outfits were really cute, I’ve never gotten over my aversion to snow, so that never panned out either. But it’s fun to imagine what sport we might choose to pursue in our Olympic dreams.

Joe Fuentes, Hammond

Basketball, of course. My dad put a hoop up on the garage the week I was born and we spent many an evening shooting after dinner. Basketball is one of those sports you can enjoy even when you’re by yourself. I still like to stand in front of the basket and make believe that this is the game winning shot. Past high school, I never played competitively, but shooting hoops is something I now enjoy doing with my boys and I hope that, win or lose, good or bad, they will come to love the sport too.

Carrie Dominic, Hobart

I’ve never ridden a horse in my life but I love watching those riders and their horses in the jumping events. It’s like they’re one in body and mind. What powerful yet graceful and beautiful creatures (horses) are. I imagine it’s much like having a partner in your sport.

Raymond Braun, Miller

Beach volleyball. Except that I would want to play on the women’s team for obvious reasons. Don’t tell my wife I said that.

Sheila Doyle, Hammond

Skateboards first became
popular when I was a preteen. After much practice and many skinned knees, we thought we were really cool riding down the drive without falling off. I can’t believe what young people do today on boards, especially on
the snow. So maybe I could imagine myself as an Olympic snowboarder doing death-defying jumps and flips, wowing the crowds.

Chuck Kalwiecki, Merrillville

Ha! Seriously, I was born with two left feet and absolutely no athletic talent, so to try to imagine me at the level of an Olympian is laughable. If I had to choose, maybe ping pong? You don’t have to move very far but I guess you would need great eye-hand coordination and fast reflexes. That’s not even in the realm of fantasy for me.



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