by Shirley Hailstock
I can't write or read. The 2016 Olympics in Rio started a week ago and I've been virtually riveted to the television screen since. There are few times in the world when everything is put aside and the world focuses on the best athletes from their countries as they vie for a gold medal. This is happening in Rio de Janeiro at this very moment.
There are the favorites, those expected to win, like Simone Biles and Amy Raisman.
And as expected the two Americans took the Gold and Silver medals in gymnastics. But what about the fantastic run of Argentinian Juan Martin Del Portro in the tennis matches? He certainly gives us fodder for stories. The underdog hero who pushes past all obstacles to get his lady (a gold medal). He came away with the silver, but he fought the hard fight (and he looks good too).
Tall, good looking and in excellent form, he could grace the cover of any romance novel.
Simone Manuel took home a handful of medals, and set a new world record in the 100 meter swimming freestyle competition. The look on her face when she saw the scores was priceless.
This blog could go on as long as the Olympics, but no story on the Olympics would be complete without knowing Michael Phelps was standing front and center accepting his gold medals. He won five gold and one silver as this count. Go Michael!
In the next few days the stage will reset to normal and I'll be back at the keyboard pounding out my next story. In the meantime if you have Olympic fever and need a novel, check out More Than Gold. It's a romantic suspense with characters a lot like Simone Biles and Amy Raisman. And of course, the hero is to die for...
As always, keep reading...