So, in a moment that makes me feel justified about all my life’s decisions, P&G Beauty- who proudly sponsors the U.S. women’s gymnastics team – is flying me out to London to cover the women’s gymnastics events and visit the family home. Now. Today. This is happening today. I am really, really excited about this trip. We’re going to the V&A museum! And seeing a play called Posh! And eating at the Ivy! There is a whole itinerary, and you know how much I love lists.
But obviously, the most important part of this is getting to hang out at the Olympic family home and talking to some of the participants in the gymnastics events. In between wildly plugging P&G products (Covergirl is the best, you guys!) I’d really like to ask these people questions you’re interested in having addressed. I don’t know how much access I’ll get, or precisely who I’ll get a chance to speak with, but I figure some topics I’d like to cover are:
- What it’s like to compete at such a young age (lots of the gymnasts are in their teens – do they miss the “normal” high school experience? Prom?Does it make for an odd relationship with your family when you’re having a career when most kids are learning how to drive?)
- What’s the diet like (I’m not going to say “do you all live on kale and dust”, I’m just going to imply it, with my eyes. Or maybe it’s one of those Michael Phelps things where you get to eat 10,000 calories a day.)
- Do you have a favorite make-up product, and is there one that you wear (and that stays on) while you’re competing? Does wearing make-up actually make you more confident?
- Do you have a career plan post gymnastics? (I am trying to find a way to phrase this so it does not sound like “what do you want to be when you grow up, Olympic hero?”)
- What do you think about to remain calm before you compete?
I’m ashamed to admit that I’m not someone who follows the Olympics that closely, so I think those of you who do might have more meaningful queries. What would you want to know? Tell me your questions and, if they’re not completely idiotic, I will just bury a recorder in someone’s face and ask them those questions. I can’t promise it will be a gymnast, it might be a random taxi driver, but I’ll do my best to ask someone for you.
I’ll also be tweeting about the trip pretty obsessively, which will be a break from my normal “using Twitter to tweet The Great Gatsby line by line every night” approach (really), so, if you want to hang out on this trip with me like an invisible person muttering things, you can follow here.