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Title: Olympic athletes kids would know
Post by: CarrieF on May 29, 2012, 10:13 AM
I'm working on something about Olympic athletes and wondering which -- if any -- Olympic athletes your kids know by name. Ask them, and let me know who they come up with (can be historic or present-day). Also, let me know how old your children are. Thanks!

Carrie
Title: Re: Olympic athletes kids would know
Post by: ChristineSarmel on May 29, 2012, 11:27 AM
My kids are 14 and 15. The first Olympian they could name was Michael Phelps - and neither of them is a swimmer.
Title: Re: Olympic athletes kids would know
Post by: ruecole on May 29, 2012, 11:29 AM
My eleven-year-old said: "I don't know any."

I'll quiz the 14-year-old when he gets home from school.

Rue
Title: Re: Olympic athletes kids would know
Post by: Jaina on May 29, 2012, 11:33 AM
My daughter, 12, says "Uh . . . "
Title: Re: Olympic athletes kids would know
Post by: writermom on May 29, 2012, 11:54 AM
WS said Shaun White.
Title: Re: Olympic athletes kids would know
Post by: AmandaSue on May 29, 2012, 12:16 PM
I don't have kids old enough to ask this to, but I remember when I was little. My friends and I always knew the names of every gymnast on the olympic team.  It was the same with ice skating.  However,  it is all about time frame.  I still remember Kerri Strugg and her amazing one-footed land off the vault.  I would imagine, if kids are old enough, they remember Shawn Johnson.  Just an idea.

And with all of his success, definitely Michael Phelps!
Title: Re: Olympic athletes kids would know
Post by: CyndyHenzel on May 29, 2012, 01:21 PM
I'm guessing a lot would know Mohammed Ali's name - though they might not associate him with the Olympics. And most would know members of the Dream Team: Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, etc.
Title: Re: Olympic athletes kids would know
Post by: Lill on May 29, 2012, 02:06 PM
My sixteen year old says Michael Phelps and Apollo Ono. He said he might recognize some other names if he saw them, but
those were the only two that came to mind.

Title: Re: Olympic athletes kids would know
Post by: JennaWren on May 29, 2012, 02:09 PM
None of my four have any clue! (10,9,7,6)
Title: Re: Olympic athletes kids would know
Post by: jojohn on May 29, 2012, 05:53 PM
Come people--the fastest man on earth! Usain Bolt  :taunt:

My guys (ages 7-16) also knew Michael Phelps.  I was shocked they didn't remember any of the soccer players (Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Hope Solo, Abby Wambach) and they didn't remember Apollo Ono. We watch a ton of soccer (but not much US soccer) so it was surprising that they didn't think of them. Of course, they are 1/2 Jamaican so that might explain the love of Bolt.
Title: Re: Olympic athletes kids would know
Post by: Anne Marie on May 29, 2012, 06:05 PM
12 year old:  Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson, Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, Natalie Coughlin.
Title: Re: Olympic athletes kids would know
Post by: CarrieF on May 29, 2012, 06:28 PM
Thanks, everyone. This is so helpful! Usain Bolt is a good one I hadn't thought of. What a great name!