So, I am now a couch potato. I have not watched much TV in the past couple years, but it feels good to sink into the cushions and eat potato chips while watching lean bodies do impossible looking things. Since probably 1988, I can remember watching the Olympics and viewing sports that I never think twice about the rest of the year.There’s a few names that sit in my head, taking up space. They are/were the greatest athletes in their sport in the world, that’s pretty cool. Also pretty cool are these guacemole chips.
7. Venus and Serena Williams- Tennis
I am well aware that these two women are basically the best female tennis players of their generation. I really never watch tennis much, except at the Olympics. However, I can imagine, that winning a gold medal would be so much better if your best friend and sister was able to share it with you.
6. Svetlana Khorkina- Gymnastics
This girl seemed to be the best female gymnast for years. She always had a scowl on her face. She was also much taller than all those little peanuts. But I don’t think she was pissed, I bet she was just shy and very very nice.
Here’s a picture of her smiling:
5. Lithuania Basketball Team
I love the US and like it when our teams win and all, but when these guys beat the US and their team full of “dreamy” NBA players, you had to admire that. Also, the uniforms.
4. Jackie Joyner Kersee- Track and Field
This woman has been named the best female athlete of all time by so many people. She really is. Oh, and after she won a crap load of medals, she played pro basketball, not super well, but still.
3. Dan O’Brien- Track and Field
Remember when he and Dave were supposed to be the super stars of track and field in 1992. And then Dan didn’t make it. Whoops. But, in 1996, he did make it and got the gold, whereas Dave had gotten bronze four years earlier. I bet it was worth the wait.
2. Alexei Nemov- Gymnastics
Um, I hear he does gymnastics well. No, seriously, I remember him at the three previous Olympics, he basically won a medal in everything.
1. Geena Davis- Archery
OK, this is cheating. She never made it all the way. But imagine if she did, that’d be weird.