To say I’m a fan of the Olympics would be an understatement. I love the stories, the pageantry, the athleticism. In the summer games, I follow everything from decathalon to diving. In the winter, I watch bobsledding and biathlon, curling to cross country skiing.
I got my love for the Olympics from my dad. He and I would sit mesmerized by the action on our Magnavox 19 inch color TV. He would regale me with tales of Olympians past. I wanted to grow up to be Peggy Fleming or Olga Korbut. (I know, that dates me, but still.)
When I had children of my own, I passed the legacy on to them. I remember my daughter Corinne being so inspired when Kerri Strug stuck that memorable landing off the vault. I can still hear my son cheering on Picabo Street. And all of us thoroughly enjoying the swimming, if only to hear the announcers say the name of Dutch swimmer Pieter van den Hoogenband real fast.
Corinne and I were on the phone during the 2010 winter Olympics, determined to buy the moose hats worn by the Americans in the opening ceremony that year. Now a college graduate working freelance jobs, today Corinne is able to watch much more Olympic coverage that I did back in the day. And this year, she is tweeting the Olympics, offering her amusing insights and commentary, yet careful not to include any spoilers. (You can follow her @CorinneFTWin).
So I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that my cats have become Olympic fans.
Take a look:
At first, Calvin was drawn to the snowboarding competition. He was particularly enamored of the halfpipe.
He watched the competition very closely and was as disappointed as we were that Shaun White didn’t bring home the gold.
During the team figure skating competition, both Calvin and Elsa Clair were glued to the TV. Elsa Clair was particularly enamored of Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada. I think she has her eyes on Eric.
During the pairs figure skating, Calvin was captivated by the Russian pair, Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov. Watch his paws as he tries to do what’s on the screen.
Yes, my cats are Olympic fans. Everyone can be inspired by these talented athletes. Whether they walk–or skate–on two legs or four.
Are you watching the Olympics? Do your pets watch too? What events would they be good at?
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