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Rhythmic Gymnastics? Oh NO!


August 2012

I had a flashback to my childhood today. It wasn’t pretty. I flipped on the Olympics after getting back from my morning run, expecting to see something fun. I was treated to women’s mountain biking… Perfect!

Then it happened – in the middle of the race NBC cut to coverage of… Rhythmic Gymnastics?! Good God it was horrible! All at once, memories of my mother guarding the tv clicker like a hawk to watch Rhythmic Gymnastics more than 30 years ago! That very well could have been the most traumatic experience of my preteen years, having to sit through that. Now kids, we didn’t have much in the way of video games way back then and the only phone available had a pig-tail chord attached to it and plugged into the wall – and you sure as hell couldn’t play a game on it. When mom wanted to watch Rhythmic Gymnastics, better labeled dancing with balls, sticks and a long freaking ribbon (and a stick), we were stuck playing Clue or watching…that!

I never realized just how much that scarred me until my eyes fell on that heavily made-up woman rolling around on the ground looking longingly…at a ball. Then the commentator called the…ball an apparatus and the horrific flashback was complete. The world started spinning, the edges fading to a bright white. I thought to myself, “nooooo, don’t go to the light!”

My eldest daughter, God bless her, brought me back from the brink. Her voice, tinny and distant, called to me, “Father, what, pray tell, is this”? Nah, she just asked, “Dad, what is this “? I said, “junk” and quickly turned the channel to hand ball.

Man, that was a close call!


  1. aaronwest says:

    That’s why I love DVR. I taped the entire coverage on NBC, ran some errands, had lunch with the wife and then came back to watch. I fast-forwarded through about half of the Japan-Korea volleyball game, then watched all of the mountain biking and fast forwarded the gymnastics.

    But seriously, what was NBC thinking by combining those two sports? Their target audience couldn’t be more different.

  2. Sandra says:

    Good lord, what an outdated sport. If one could call it that. Surprised they don’t have a pole dancing segment to it, too. I’d rather watch women’s and men’s cyclocross. Face plants and crashes and all!!!

    • bgddyjim says:

      The women’s mountain biking was pretty awesome… But pole dancing? Now I could like that sport! You’ll love my first post on Monday. It’s a little too much for a Sunday.

      • Sandra says:

        Drat! I’ll be heading out for the glorious wilderness Monday. It’ll just have to wait. . . . I missed Women’s Mountain Biking, darn it!

      • bgddyjim says:

        It was pretty cool. I won’t spoil it. Heading out for a long ride myself in about 30 minutes. Have fun.

  3. mediamentions says:

    an interesting sidenote: Rhythmic Gymnastics is officially the only women-only sport in the Olympic Games. It’s clearly not the most pressing or hot-debated topic, but there definitely are two distinct sides to this. On the offhand chance that this interests you as much as it interests me, here’s a pretty cool page that takes a look at the subject:

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