August 7, 2012

My women's Olympic soccer freak out

Workout: yesterday I made it to a 30-minute Bodypump class and then snuck over to a yoga class. Wow, downward dog is tough after a weight-lifting session. Every time we went to downward dog, my arms were shaking, but I did manage my first yoga handstand with a little help from the teacher.

Just like this one.

From Trehop's Blog

Going to a real yoga class (vs. Bodyflow -- which is what my gym mostly offers) was such an amazing treat, and it reminded me that a great yoga class makes me feel like I just had a full body massage. This class did just that. So my new task is to remember that this instructor teaches Monday nights. Retain, brain, retain. 

I've been reserving all Olympic blubbering until I just couldn't contain it anymore, and that moment came yesterday with the women's soccer semifinal, USA vs. Canada. The game was so intense that my heart was racing the entire second half. My hands were shaking so badly that I could barely type my annoying play-by-play Facebook status updates. I can't imagine how I would actually feel as an Olympic competitor because just watching the games is stressful enough for me. 

Sometimes I always exaggerate, but the above recap is completely accurate. Yesterday, my hands were shaking, people. That is over the top. If my kids whispered a question to me, I shushed them. I required two hours of silence or only talking in the other room. 

Except we were all allowed to yell and crazy dance when team USA scored. 

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After last year's USA penalty-kick loss to Japan in the World Cup final, I was one of those people crying in a heap on their living room floor.

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So I wanted to see a USA and Japan rematch in this Olympic final.

And even though I was hoping for a USA win, this Canadian girl was freaking amazing, scoring three points in one match (aka a hat trick). When they zoomed in on this face after the third goal, her dagger eyes scared me enough to pee my pants.

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OK, complete Olympic delirium over. Thanks for still being e-friends through it all.  

Did you watch yesterday's women's soccer match?

Have you bitten all your fingernails off during any events this Olympics? 

15 comments:

  1. I WAS SOOOO EXCITED THEY WON TOO!!!! Former soccer players unite!!! :)

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  2. Too bad the ref helped them win. That was Canada's game to win and the ref lost it for them with that stupid call that even the American coach has never seen used. Add to that the hand ball call that was not called on USA but was on Canada and you've got one pissed off nation. That ref totally took away from Christine Sinclair's amazing game with her shady reffing and that's not fair. Pissed off Canadian rant over. LOL

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  3. PS I'm on my way to my first body pump class right now. I hope its as good as I hear! Yay!

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  4. Too bad the ref helped them win. That was Canada's game to win and the ref lost it for them with that stupid call that even the American coach has never seen used. Add to that the hand ball call that was not called on USA but was on Canada and you've got one pissed off nation. That ref totally took away from Christine Sinclair's amazing game with her shady reffing and that's not fair. Pissed off Canadian rant over. LOL

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  5. That soccer game was amazing! My 14 year old is going to have a few soccer friends over to watch the final Thursday.... and then I'll make pizza for them, then drag them to soccer practice...... I can't wait for the re-match!

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  6. Awesome match and so happy for the US! Side note..I was totally bummed that mckayla maroney fell on her 2nd vault....totally would have had gold.

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  7. what Sam said

    this game was....well heartbreaking....that ref better not show his stupid face in Canada....

    I am ok with accepting a loss...when all is fair.
    this was NOT an amazing game
    I would say the same thing if it had been any other teams involved
    if the situation was reversed we would never hear the end of it from the US team who was the favorite the win this match

    sorry

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  8. There were definitely bad calls. While the most glaring was the 6-second, there were bad calls (or lack of) against the US too. I liked this article http://www.sbnation.com/soccer/2012/8/6/3224485/usa-vs-canada-2012-olympics-semifinal-referee-recap -- basically summing up that the ref was making poor calls all around. Both teams played an amazing game, and with soccer, you just have to eat whatever the refs give and play your best. I've been on the losing side of that too, and it really sucks. Hopefully she won't ref again in a major event. But I think the effort of both teams was amazing and made this game more than just the crappy calls. It really was an Olympic effort on both sides.

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  9. I couldn't watch the men's cycling road race, and had to fold washing until it was obvious the British guys had lost and then I could watch!!! Weird, eh?

    What am u going to do next week when we are Olympicless?

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    1. I can't look sometimes too!

      Life will go back to boring Netflix shows (because really no good ones are left) as a clothes folding backdrop.

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  10. The images you posted really help drive home the intensity of your story. Wow. I didn't watch but I certainly feel like I did now!

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  11. Obviously I missed out on a very exciting game. Allan is on a work trip and he will be mad he didn't get to see that game.

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  12. Oh yeah - similar scenario at my house. I let out a huge scream of joy and the girls stopped in their tracks and looked at me like I was a crazy person needing medical attention! It was such an intense game!!! Can't wait till 2:45 today - GO USA!!!

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  13. everyone keeps giving me spoilers before i get a chance to watch things so not too much nail biting! i need to brave a yoga class at my new gym!

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  14. Amazing job on the yoga headstand!! Wow!! YAY for the women!! Love the Olympics :)

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