How 'Dancing with the Stars' Almost Ruined Olympic Figure Skating for my Kids

When I was young, the Olympic figure skaters were superstars. They frequented talk shows, game shows, and variety shows. When the Olympics aired, my family sat glued to the screen with our fingers crossed; rooting for USA gold. In those days, having the Dorothy Hamill do was the equivalent of the “Rachel” or the "Katie Holmes" –Yes, I admit, I've had them all!

This year, I was really excited to share the Olympic experience with my own children. They were both too young to enjoy the fanfare, the energy, and the patriotism of the last Winter Olympics.  But now, at 5 and 8, I thought they were ready. Unfortunately, when we sat down to watch the ice dancing I was quickly informed that it was "boooring," and that the pairs didn’t look nearly as good as the couples on Dancing With The Stars.  As I tried to explain that ice dancing is a different talent and that these people are the best of the best, my daughter interrupted to ask, “Which one’s the “Pro” and which one’s the “Star?” A valid question... for a reality TV junky! I tried to give reasons why these “boring” routines were so impressive, but I had lost.  Round 1 -- kids.

When the women’s short program aired, I went to my room defeated, and watched alone. My kids made their way in, and without any discussion, found themselves mesmerized. I would guess it was the jumps or the fluidity of the individual women skaters, but I don’t know for sure. Frankly, I don’t care. We watched snuggled in bed with our fingers crossed and I had my own Olympic moment.  Round 2 -- America.

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