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Glasses, Awkwardness and the Olympics

 Like every other sane person on this planet, I am beyond excited for the Opening Ceremonies tonight! I love everything about the Olympics and really wish I wasn't completely talentless so I could compete one day.  However, after looking through these old pictures, if looking awkward, scary and homeless was an Olympic sport, I would have won the gold.  In honor of the Olympics starting tonight, I though I'd sacrifice my dignity and share some pictures of my per-orthodontia smile.  Continue with caution. 

Ah 2000.  I was 11 and my awkward stage was in full glory.  So try really hard to look past the scary teeth and scarier hair for a few minutes, because 2000 was also the year my parents took my brother and me to Australia for the Olympics!

Unfortunately, my 11 year old memory isn't that great, so save for a few things (like waiting for a country we didn't recognize to start their march of the athletes so I could go pee) I don't remember too much of the Opening Ceremonies.  What I do remember was how incredible it was to be surrounded by so many thousands of people all speaking different languages.

 Note the super awesome flowers on my jeans.  It was very fashionable I tell you. And my mom's fanny pack. Awesome.

 All of the competing Olympians!

My dad made us post updates on our website for our friends at home to read.  He likes to say we had the original blog, before blogging was popular. Apparently the word of the year was "neat."

"We went to the opening ceremonies tonight!!! It was so neat!!!" "We went into The Outback today, it was neat!!"

I was a very profound child.

Men's gymnastics.  I was way too young to appreciate the yumminess.

Before the USA soccer game

 Medal Ceremony!


My only regret of the trip was not forcing my parents to take me to see men's swimming.  I mean, those little outfits could not be tighter or smaller.  Sadly, 11 year old me cared more about my stuffed mascots.  Silly girl.

What sport are you most excited for?



  1. Yay! Olympics! I love all of it! But I really love Gymnastics and Soccer...

  2. I am obsessed with the olympics too!! I went in Salt Lake when I was 13 and have a very comparable awkward picture!!

  3. I love the Olympics! It's always been a dream of mine to actually go to the Olympics and I think it's awesome you got to go to Australia to see them!

  4. So awesome that you went to the Olympics!! And Australia! I have family there and would love to visit one day.

  5. That's so awesome that you were able to experience the Olympics when you were little. I'd love to be able to go do that one day. Love the old pictures! It's so funny to look back on all the horrible fashion from back in the day!

  6. Oh my gosh how cool you got to go! Even if it was awhile ago :) You were adorable by the way!

    I am all about the Gymnastics baby! I actually also really like diving... which is totally random... haha

    Oh and my GFC is being weird, but it let me follow your GFC through my twitter account, who knew you could that?! I didn't!

  7. What an AWESOME trip - I am entirely too jealous of you right now! =)

    Keep Shining,

  8. Im obsessed with the olympics! I am your newest follower. I cannot wait to read more of your posts and hope that maybe you can return the favor and follow The Preppy Student. I always comment for every comment left on my page and hope to start a friendly relationship with your wonderful blog! Have a happy Monday:)


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