I’m a Bionic Boomer Olympian– In My Dreams

So excited for the Summer Olympic Games and, as I do every Olympic year, I’m dreaming of what it would have been like for me to have been an Olympic athlete.  Is it really too late?

I tried to get into the Olympics spirit last night by watching Chariots of Fire but was immediately exhausted– by boredom!  I never want to hear that theme song again.  Luckily, “Chariots” didn’t ruin the Olympics for me. I’m still jazzed about the next three weeks of breath-taking world-class competition.

In my fantasy, I’m competing as a flying gymnast ala MaryLou Retton of the 1984 games.


The last athletic event I was in was a Karate tournament in the 1980s.  Back then I wished Karate was an Olympic sport.  (I competed in and actually taught karate for several years) Unlike Taekwondo, a similar style of martial arts which became a full medal event at the 2000 Summer Olympics , Karate is still not part of the Games.

Through the years, there have been several “older” Olympic athletes.  45-year-old veteran swimmer, Dara Torres has won four gold, four silver and four bronze medals in five Olympics, stretching from 1984 to 2008.  What a woman.  Torres finished 9/100ths of a second from a spot on what would have been her sixth Olympic team.  But she’ll still be in London next week, acting as a global ambassador for McDonald’s “Champions of Play” program.

with all the upcoming boomers retiring every day around the world, there should be a new Olympic category for “aging athletes”


In my fantasy, I’m competing as a flying gymnast ala MaryLou Retton of the 1984 games.  Or I’m sprinting like the amazing Tyson Gay, who’s currently in the running to win the 100 meter race.

I would argue, with all the upcoming boomers retiring every day around the world, there should be a new Olympic category for “aging athletes”.  In future Olympics, might we see a “Bionic Boomer 100 meter relay”?  It might take a few seconds (or minutes) longer than races with natural, un-rebuilt joints, but hey, why not? What’s more likely to be my sport is curling.  As DSP Dixie says, that’s the one time I’d get out my broom.

If you could be an Olympic athlete, what would be your sport?

 

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One Response to I’m a Bionic Boomer Olympian– In My Dreams

  1. Ellen says:

    I have always wanted to be a champion swimmer- but don’t have the discipline- or the stamina. Those Olympic athletes are amazing.

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