Like the vast majority of the rest of the population of Iowa, I was glued to the Olympics, waiting up far later than I should to see the women's all-round gymnastics competition, hoping for Shawn Johnson, the pride of West Des Moines, to win the gold.
It didn't happen, but it was wonderful to see all the athletes competing, and a joy to see Nastia Liukin and Shawn jointly take the gold and silver. The joy was contagious; the great Béla Károlyi was so excited and speaking so fast that I couldn't quite make out what he was saying through his beautiful accent, though I'd swear that at one point he exclaimed "You go, girlfriend!"
And so they both did.
UPDATE: Shawn Johnson won the gold medal for balance beam. Whee!
UPDATE: Math is her best subject in school. Yay!