Topic: Chordie "Olympians"
Watching the Olympics the last few days has me wondering if any of our Chordians have any stories about competing or winning athletic events in their past. I was never much of an athlete although I played baseball in high school and later played softball for several years. I was "deceptively slow" (actually slower than I looked) and was once told by a coach that if I was in a race they would have to use a calender instead of a stop watch. Later I became interested in paddle sports and was a competent, although not spectacular whitewater kayaker and spent around 15 years paddling class IV-V rivers until back problems began to affect my roll. I competed in canoe racing for a couple years and was fairly successful, winning every race I was in, including two "gold" medals at the Canoe and Kayak Invitational at the 1982 Worlds Fair. I guess that would have been the closest I ever got to an "Olympic moment". A shoulder injury in 1984 affected my racing (as well as my guitar playing) and I never won another race, although I did manage to a win couple 2nd and 3rd place trophies with my daughters in some local USCA adult/child division races.
Anyone else have any competitive athletic stories? Any high school or college sports heroes out there?