We’ve been watching the Olympics this month. I personally have been enjoying volleyball, cycling, and some of the less common sports, such as archery. However, you may not realize we have our own athletes in the Oberlin house. I thought I’d give you the rundown on the current events:

Wrestling: This is probably one of the most popular here and several family members get involved. K is quite the athlete and we help her train frequently. To add an additional challenge, most of the wrestling occurs on a raised platform, which we like to call ‘the changing table.’ To make the sport even more interesting we add objects, such as diapers and clothes to the event.

Shooting: This is another common event, which often occurs in tandem with wrestling. We don’t use guns, but K works to aim and shoot objects to obscure locations. Her favorites spots include behind the changing table and under her crib.

Track and Field: S is the master at this event. He participates in both the 100 and 400 meter events, depending on which friend’s house he is headed to.

Swimming: S enjoys this sport immensely. Whenever he can get to a pool he tries to swim relays and freestyle.

Diving: This event occurred once in our home but now has been strictly banned due to safety regulations. K chose to dive off the high dive (otherwise known as our bed) without the required safety precautions.

Cycling: Another popular one for S. Sadly, he has been disqualified from this event over the next couple days due to a rule violation. Generally, however, he enjoys both individual cycling and cycling with the team of his friends. We are confident he will quickly regain his ranking once he is allowed to return to the event.

Triathlon: This one is Matt’s speciality. He works two jobs, spends time with his family, and tries to finish in time to ‘warm down’ by playing video games.

Weightlifting: Chel will soon be a force to be reckoned with in this sport. She is consistently gaining in strength as her weights (K) get heavier and heavier.

Soccer: This is another popular one for Chel as she runs around house, trying to keep K out of several goals. In Beijing they make it easy by only having one goal to defend. However, at the Oberlin house there are numerous goals to defend, such as plants, cat food dishes, bookshelves, and K’s personal favorite, the black and white cat. K is getting better and better at this sport, becoming faster and more agile. She has started winning matches on several occasions.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Genevieve
    Aug 19, 2008 @ 10:57:00

    i'm wondering if track & field applies to running from the wooden spoon as well :)(I'm Matt's co-worker)


  2. Chel
    Aug 19, 2008 @ 11:29:00

    Actually that’s not part of his events, though Samuel does sometimes have to participate in a training regimen that includes an early bedtime and/or cleaning of the training facility. 🙂


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