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Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Olympic Trials for swimming is running this week. My college coach's son, Dakota, swam out of his mind and placed 6th in the 200 fly, behind you-know-who, the King of Swimming, especially in the 200 fly race.

While he did not make the team, I just feel so proud for him & his family.
Forty years ago, almost to the day I did not make the team also. It is still bittersweet, watching. Life did not end, even tho my dream did.

It's my party & I'll cry if I want to. Celebrate for them, sigh a bit for me, yes, bittersweet seems the perfect description.

Like a moth drawn to flame (and burned) I can't not watch!

During my experience, the tension was something I'd never experienced before or since. I am so thankful not to go thru that as a parent. I think that it would be even worse as a parent than as a competitor.

To watch your child's heart break. I wonder if that is why my parents took me camping during the Olympics back then. I didn't get the chance to watch any of those Olympics. As I type this, as a parent, I think I now understand why we went camping! I never did back then. In fact at the time, in my opinion, it was cruel of them. All my friends who made the team, I never got to see their most special swim meet!

Whew a revelation, don't get many of those, especially 40 years after the fact.
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    Wow, you got to trials.!? That is something not too many can say. I didn't even know how to swim until 2 years ago.

    3222 days ago
    I adore the olympics. I love the idea of you getting a chance to try out. I agree, it would have been hard to not watch the olympics and go on that camping trip but it sure sounds like they were doing what they thought best.

    I will be thinking of you as I watch them this year. I'll pretend we are watching together!

    3249 days ago
  • BERGIE8771
    Yep he swam last night. The biggest shocker in that race, BOTH Brandon &Eric didn't make the team!
    3274 days ago
    That is sooooo cool!!!!!!!! Matt Elliot finished 8th in the breast stroke, he is from my home town!
    3274 days ago
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