Planet Ryan | Olympic Fever


I don’t like summer all that much. I know, I’m weird. I guess I’m not a big fan of this area’s super ridiculous humidity levels and the long stretches of punishing heat, like this year, which has pushed my A/C bill through the roof.

But the one thing I look forward to in the summer every four years is happening right now – the Olympics. It’s such a blast to watch American athletes make their mark on the world and prove we’re the best in so many disciplines.

Especially cool this year, as many will agree, is the return of the legendary Michael Phelps. I was thrilled watching him teach his fellow swimmers a lesson in the pool in his first comeback event.

Admittedly, I was a bit skeptical of his ability to be the Phelps we knew in Olympics past, but he quickly proved he still has all the right stuff, as Rocky Balboa said, “in the basement,” as he motioned to his stomach.

You can’t take the fight out of these seasoned Olympic athletes. They’re truly a cut above and — most of the time – serve as amazing role models for youngsters.

Speaking of “seasoned” athletes, look at the Team USA volleyball stud Kerri Walsh Jennings. She’s absolutely dominating the court at the age of 37. Even more impressive is that she’s doing it with brand new teammate, April Ross. She’s going for her fourth consecutive gold medal in volleyball, which hasn’t been done in Olympic history.

Not bad.

And while it’s not my favorite Olympic sport, the Team USA gymnasts — especially the women — are making serious waves this year. Their athletic ability is astonishing, to say the least. The way some of those tiny athletes stay in the air for so long absolutely blows my mind!

That’s what else is so great about the Olympics – there’s something for everyone. If I had to rank my favorite Olympic sports to watch, I would say swimming, beach volleyball and diving.

Obviously, one of the prime time events will be the track and field portion. That’s where the world’s fastest man, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, will try and conquer his final Olympic goal – break the 19-second mark for the 200-meter race. That’s superhuman stuff, folks.

The 2016 Olympics will make for a nice 16-day reprieve from the dog days of summer, and I’ll enjoy every single second of it with an ice-cold beverage in hand.

I could easily win gold in that.

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