Now that the London Olympics is on, have you ever wondered what your Olympic event be if you were an athlete?
Only now that it dawned in me that the Olympic event I would be in if I were an athlete is men’s gymnastics. At a very limited chance that I got to catch a men’s gymnastics game on TV, I am always at awe with the combined strength, form and acrobatics of these athletes.
I guess for me this is one complete sport and besides no one in my country has been sent to compete in gymnastics event in the Olympics (my country with a population’s average height of 5 feet 5 inches is so obsessed with basketball). Also no male gymnast has been chosen as the Athlete of the Year by ESPY.
Yeah, I have always been a fan of tennis but I will leave that sport to my idol Federer besides everybody can whack a ball with a tennis racket. For me it is easier to swim, dribble a ball, punch an opponent, throw a discus, shoot a target or dash to a 100 meter distance. But not everybody can twirl with flair on a pommel horse, hang like a monkey on a high bar, fly and twist from a vault, do intricate tumbling passes on the floor, swing and spin on still rings and defy gravity on the parallel bars.
Gymnastics is not considered an extreme sport but through the years of its evolution through discoveries and inventions of various intricate moves I do consider it as one. Modern acrobatic styles are very risky it can actually result to broken bones or torn muscles. It takes a lifetime to achieve the form, strength, agility and discipline to perfect this sport.
So to those male gymnasts competing may it be in your local school event or in the high and mighty Olympics I have nothing but high regard for the sport you have chosen. In case the sport become famous or remains mediocre in popularity I will always be at awe every time I will get the chance to watch a game.
Perpek ten ang skor ko sa sport na ‘to!