Do you or have you ever read books about the Olympics? About sports in general? Fictional ones? Or non-fiction? Or both?
Do you consider yourself a sports fan?
I was ten years old before I really understood about the Olympics, but once I learned more about them, I was a rabid fan. I even feigned illness so I could stay home to watch the afternoon coverage of 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville. (Sorry, Mom. I didn't really have a fever that day. Our lamp, however, had a temperature of 101.4 before I pulled the thermometer away from it.) I read everything about the Olympics that I could get my hands on: all of the books in my school and public library, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Weekly Reader, and my first-ever issue of Newsweek. I read mostly non-fiction, but later started reading fiction about my two favorite sports, gymnastics and figure skating.
I don't do much sports-related reading now, though. I'm not exactly sure why. I'm not as rabid a fan of the Olympics anymore, although I've been glued to the TV for the gymnastics and swimming.
As for sports in general, I'm a huge fan of Major League Baseball and the NFL. I'm very supportive of both of my hometown teams, the Phillies and the Eagles. I also follow figure skating pretty closely. I don't follow gymnastics as much as I did when I was younger. It's hasn't been the same for me since my two favorite gymnasts, Kim Zmeskal and Shannon Miller, retired. Shawn Johnson reminds me a lot of Zmeskal, though.
So, what about you? Is Olympic Fever running high in your household?