I am officially into the Olympics. My TIVO is almost fried because it has been recording nonstop. Last night we had a thirty minute power outage on my entire street, which could have very well been caused by my maxed-out TIVO unit.
One of my favorite parts of the Olympics so far was been learning new sports. There are so many sports in the Olympics that are not part of normal American culture. Through my non-stop Olympic watching and channel surfing, I have officially found my new favorite Olympic sport – HANDBALL.
Now you might be thinking of handball as the racquetball-like sport played solely with your hands. However, Olympic handball is a much different sport. Here is a picture of the official handball court:
This sport is amazing. I was glued to the TV as soon as I first saw the sport on MSNBC at 2:30am on Friday night. Handball is a sport combining basketball, baseball, and hockey. It is like basketball because your movement is limited (only three steps) unless you are dribbling. It is like baseball because you can throw the ball as hard as you can to obtain goals. Finally, it is like hockey in its extreme physicality, penalties, and goalie. Handball requires a lot of strength, hand-eye coordination, agility. Check out this youtube clip about handball to get a feel for the game:
On top of simply liking the sport, I think I have the tools and athletic history to be pretty good at handball. I am a big, physical, athletic guy that can run pretty fast and throw a ball pretty hard. I did some research and learned that America is not represented in this year’s Olympics in the sport of handball (men or women). When I found out that information, a light bulb went off in my mind – here is my chance to be an Olympian. My Olympic dream can finally come true with handball.
I love to play basketball, but I will never be good enough to make the NBA-filled rosters of Team USA. I love to swim, but cannot even come close to competing against professionals like Michael Phelps. With handball, I do not have to be in the best in the world to get in the Olympics. I just have to show up especially if there is nobody else in America playing this sport. Will I get destroyed and completely humbled in the actual Olympic games? No doubt, but I will be able to say that I was an Olympian. I can see it now!
USA Handball 2012 – London, England. Tryouts will be held soon.
Are there any new Olympic sports that you are getting into?