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Subject:  Re: Women's shot put Date:  8/21/2004  12:53 PM
Author:  zsimpson Number:  414 of 1748

I haven't posted much as I have been watching the games, but I'm very moved by the shot put at ancient Olympia. I think this is one of my new favorite sports. I stayed up last night and watched the whole qualifying. (I've been much more pleased with MSNBC's and Bravo's coverage than NBC's, as they tend to skip around much less). It was great to see athletes that look like me, with hips, chests, and big powerful legs, instead of tiny elfin girls like the gymnasts. I think if someone had told me when I was a young girl that it was ok for a woman to look like that my whole life might have been different. I hope some young girls were watching. Then of course there was also the fact that they were indeed competing at ancient Olympia, which was in itself pretty amazing.

I caught both the men's and the women's. It was realy great, and so many of them just seemed so thrilled to just be there.
BTW, my duaghters (7 & 5) have been watching the games with us. Muncho (7yo)said she wanted to be a gymnast (they both take gymnastics). I said I don't really want them to consider gymnastics seriously, and showed them Svetlana. I said, "I don't want you girls looking like that. I want normal, healthy girls."
I didn't add that they will probably both be much too tall, but it got the message home.
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