Monday, January 20, 2014

The Olympics are Coming!

When the Olympic Games are just around the corner, I start getting asked all kinds of questions.  In case you live in a hole or are only into sports til the Super Bowl commercials end, the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony begins on February 7th in Sochi, Russia.
If you want to check out Team USA, find out when to watch and who to cheer for, then check out these sites:

US Olympic Team

NBC Olympics

Now as an athlete, I'm always getting asked interesting sports related questions, but there's something about the Olympics that really brings out the unusual ones.  I'll answer a couple of the usual ones here, but I would love to hear from you!  Just post your questions in the comments below or on my Facebook or Twitter, and I'll dedicate a post to all of your questions no matter how crazy.

Q:  Have you been watching all of the Winter Olympic Team Trials?

A:  Unfortunately this year I have not been able too.  But with a baby due any day now, we'll be hunkered down at the house just in time for the Games to begin, and my girls are fascinated by sports. Although they may try some stunts at home, which we'll have to be careful about.  After we took them to the pool the other week to watch a diving practice, Arella tried to dive head first off of a box onto the game room floor!  I think she understands that we only dive headfirst into water now...

Q:  If you were a winter athlete, what sport would you do?

A:  Growing up in Houston, TX, I freeze at around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, so I'm not sure I could ever handle any winter sport!  But my favorites to watch are the more aerial/acrobatic events like Aerial Skiing and Snowboard Halfpipe because that's the type of athlete I am.  However when the Olympics are on with medals on the line, I will get sucked into every event!  I also like to follow athletes that I've had the honor to meet at different events.

Q:  What goes on behind the scenes at the Olympics that an armchair quarterback might not know?

A:  A LOT!  But probably one of my favorite parts about the Olympics is the athlete village.  At the Summer Olympics, about 10,000 athletes and coaches from all sports and countries are housed in a fenced off, secure village.  The Winter Olympics athlete village houses about 3,000.  The village is truly like a city with apartments for everyone to live in, a huge 24/7 dining hall where everyone eats together, weight rooms, recreation areas, shops, event venues, transportation center and of course security to get in and out.

Okay, now it's your turn to ask the questions!  Let's hear them!


  1. Outside of diving, which athletes have you had the opportunity to meet that left you a bit starstruck? Who have you met that you clicked with?

  2. Have you ever had an eating disorder?

  3. Hi Laura! Congrats on the birth of your new baby! I hope you guys are all doing well.

    I have 2 questions:
    1. Are the underage athletes treated differently compared to the adult athletes?
    2. Is all of the food in the dining hall healthy?