Everyone close to me knows I am crazy about swimming, competitive swimming that is. I watch every single televised swimming event during the Olympics. I wanted to be an Olympic swimmer when I was a pre-teen, but Missouri isn’t know for competitive swimming. I competed in one meet, with 2 practices under my belt and I got 6th place in 3 of the 4 events (strokes) I swam out of about 30 swimmers. I also was over a body length handicapped because I didn’t know how to dive off the blocks so I was diving off the side. I swam the 50m in free, breast, back and fly. I was disqualified in fly because I did a flutter kick rather than a dolphin kick coming off the wall. But I really hated butterfly so my only complaint was they had me finish the race before they told me. But my team disbanded because the coaches stole the money the swimmers had given them for swimsuits. We were registered to go to a national meet 3 weeks after the incident in Minneapolis. It was devastating, most of my teammates joined another team 1 or 2 hours away, but my mom said I couldn’t. So there went my swimming dreams.
I still love to swim though and even for my weight I am still quite good at it. I can still do the butterfly which is a difficult stroke, but not well. I only do it when my nephew asks me to show it to him. I try to swim for exercise but like I said Missouri isn’t known for swimming, I find it really hard to find a place to swim that isn’t too crowded or has workable open swim times into my schedule.
So now that it is Olympics time again I want to share another story about high school but not about swimming. When I was a senior in high school I got bumped off the varsity roster for being the 3rd best thrower on the track team. I was dethroned by a freshman and I was so upset I quit the team. Well today that team mate made her 2nd Olympic team in the javelin throw and is on her way to Rio. I guess I can handle being demoted by a 2 time Olympic athlete. She got 15th in London so I’m hoping she does a lot better in Rio. Super proud of my alma mater!
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) July 10, 2016