Dreams …………………. Unfulfilled!
The first Youth Olympic game was held in Singapore with much enthusiasm and fervour. Of the many events that I had been watching, I closely followed the gymnastics for women, be it the floor exercises, balance beam, uneven bars or the vault. Starting from the prelims to the final rounds, I haven’t missed a single event. I am a great supporter of the 15 year old young Russian gymnast Voktoria Komova. And I liked what she said during an interview. “I can’t vote but I can get the whole nation on feet.”
An innocent casual question from my 4 year old son, “Mamma, why are you so enthusiastic for gymnastics” took me back close to 25 years.
The year was 1984. Olympic was being held in USA. This was the first time, apart from the 1982 Asian Games that I was interested in world sports. A young vibrant American gymnast, Mary Lou Retton had enthralled the whole world with her acrobats, winning gold for the all round category and silver and bronze medals for vault, uneven bars and floor exercises. So enthused was I that for the next term in school, I promptly signed for gymnastics as my co-curricular activities. My primary school was one of the very few schools in Delhi which offered this sport and I decided to be a gymnast as I grow up. Yeah, when one is young, one dreams of conquering the world. Shorty after that there was a documentary that was done on Nadia Comaneci from Romania. Her perfect scores of 10.0 on seven categories in 1976 Olympic made me sure gymnastics was the way to go.
I went for eight training sessions (they were held once a week) with a special coach visiting the school. The first couple of them were warming up sessions and then the real rigorous ones started. They were painful to say the least, and quite difficult to do. Those made me admire the likes of Nadia Comeneci and Mary Lou Retton even more. I was told that I was bit late in starting my training. Also my physique wasn’t one that was meant for gymnastics… I was tall and pretty well built.
And so the dreams of becoming a world class gymnast remained unfulfilled. Yet, every time I see a young gymnast performing, I get excited and awed with ease and joy with which they perform the acrobats, something I could not endure beyond few training sessions.
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