Olympic fever has officially hit. As a two-swimmer house, this week’s events have been especially exciting. We love the preliminaries, the semi-finals, and we stay up way past bedtime to watch the finals. And can you imagine the screaming while we watch the relays?!
As a swim mom, I cheer for those swimmers as if they were my own. I get weepy at the commercial that first shows the mother as she wakes her daughter in the wee hours to get to practice and then her parental pride as she is rewarded with an Olympic hug. Oh … gets me every time. I jump up and down when they make the podium. We slap high fives when they break records.
On Sunday night, I cheered for Dana Vollmer. Four years ago in 2008, Dana failed to make the Olympic team. In the fall of 2010, she found out that the stomach aches that plagued her since childhood were due to a gluten intolerance and an allergy to eggs. After her diagnosis, she changed to a gluten-free, egg-free diet, was stringent with her eating habits, and kept on training. At this year’s Olympic trials, she set a new American record in the 100 butterfly. And on Sunday, she blew away the competition, setting new World, Olympic, and American records. Gluten-free Gold!
I cheered for Dana as a swim mom, as a feverish Olympic fan, and as a gluten-free girl myself. Look what we can do if we take care of ourselves, stay strong, and dream big! Look what staying healthy in mind and body can do!
You go, girl!