Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Our family has gotten caught up with Olympic fever. I've been missing from blog land because my evenings have been filled with skiing, skating and all of the other amazing winter sports, and watching athletes from so many lands come together to compete.
I have a reason to be interested too. I'm a former Olympian.
You're laughing, aren't you?
I know some of you might have read here about my first skiing experience, and think that I couldn't possibly be an Olympian, but you'd be wrong.
I even have Olympian Silver! Do you want to see it? Here it is. See the torch? See the Olympic rings? It's a silver Olympian ring.
I know what your thinking. They give medals, not rings. Well, here's another hint. See the Olympic rings on the bottom?
Yes, you might be figuring it out right now. At the high school I went to and graduated from, we were called the Olympians. In fact, there are only a couple of schools in the country that are able to use that name, and ours was supposedly the first. Before each football game we even had a runner that carried a torch around the field. That was our mascot.
During the mid 70's, the Olympic committee decided that these schools shouldn't be using their name, and tried to stop it. Our school was the only one at the time that was able to produce a letter from the Olympic committee (dated in 1932) stating that we could legally use the name. They were obligated to let us continue :-) I believe they later negotiated and the other schools were able to keep the name too.
So you see, I really am a former Olympian. Or at least an Olympian alumni! I hope you're enjoying the Olympics and cheering for your favorite athletes.