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As I sit here flipping through the television channels, lamenting the lack of athletics available to me on my regularly scheduled TV programs, I contemplate watching YouTube videos of the Fab Fierce Five and the US Swim Team. Yes, I fully admit, I am going through Olympic withdrawal, which is no surprise considering my previous confessions of Olympics addiction. I quietly shed a tear as I watched the Closing Ceremonies on Sunday, mentally setting the countdown for Rio.

As I reminisce of my favorite memories from the Olympics, I can’t help but share a few of my thoughts:

  • Team Fencing would be way cooler if it was just one massive sword fight. Whoever is left standing wins gold.
  • I never thought the words badminton and scandal would make it into the same sentence. As if they didn’t have enough work to do defending the sport.
  • The number of US swimmers and gymnasts who won medals and are still in high school is awe-inspiring, yet slightly depressing for the rest of us. They’ve accomplished more before graduation than the rest of us will accomplish in our entire lives, but McKayla Maroney is still not impressed.

  • Oh, and the Spice Girls are like a fine wine. They’ve only gotten better with age (…and botox, breast implants, nose jobs and other assorted plastic surgeries).
  • And speaking of the closing ceremonies, the irony of Jesse J cruising around in back of a Bentley singing “Wanna make the world dance. Forget about the price tag.” is not lost on us, London. I’d want to forget a $14.5 billion price tag, too.
  • Kerri Strug, you’ve been one-upped. Sure you vaulted with an injured ankle, that takes some determination. Manteo Mitchell ran 200 meters with a broken leg. Sorry, Kerri, your reign as the best broken-limbed Olympic athlete is over.
  • Sanya Richards-Ross is a woman after my own heart. I consider anyone who can win gold while wearing Chanel a role model.
  • And, while we’re on running. Oscar Pistorius is without a doubt the most inspirational athlete that ever was.
  • Who run the world? GIRLS. The United States women won 29 gold medals; the United States men won 17. Womp, womp.
  • And, last but not least, Nathan Adrian, where have you been all my life?

I’ll leave you with that closing thought as we all wait for Rio – and perhaps another dose of Nathan.

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