The Olympics start this Friday. It’s the one time when we have the TV on ’round the clock here. There’s nothing I won’t watch, and I have a particular fondness for the sports that aren’t often televised.

I thought I’d start a thread for folks to offer their thoughts on any or all of the following questions:

  1. Favorite Olympic sport
  2. Sport you wish was in the Olympics, but isn’t
  3. Favorite Olympian, past or present
  4. Sports your child or children have tried (or play seriously, depending on age)

My own answers: 1. Fencing and taekwondo, both of which I’ve done competitively (though not anywhere near the Olympic level); 2. The playground obstacle course; 3. Hard to pick just one all-time fave, but I’ve got my eye on Dara Torres this year; 4. Soccer, tennis, basketball, baseball, cycling, swimming, dodgeball, running, climbing, furniture jumping—the preschool decathlon. Right now, he’s dabbling in everything, and it’s wonderful.