I’m really digging this year’s Summer Olympics! I’m certainly no aficionado, but my DVR is filling up with coverage quite nicely and I really look forward to checking out the day’s events each evening. The swimming and gymnastics are my favorite, but I’ve been genuinely excited during every event I’ve watched so far (I will say, though, that Michael Phelps should have to do some genetic testing, because that man is surely part fish). The only thing I haven’t enjoyed about the Games so far has been how old I feel while watching them. Gabby Douglas is half my age and any Olympians who are competing in their thirties have been referred to over and over again as “brave” or “mature,” which feels to me like code for “old.” I thought that maybe I should try to carry myself more like an Olympian, since I don’t feel particularly brave or mature on a day-to-day basis. So far, however, pretending my cell phone is a discus when I toss it on the sofa hasn’t earned me any medals at home. And nobody calls me “mature” when I strike a gymnastics-style ending pose after I finish unloading the dishwasher. Maybe I’ll fair better when the Winter Olympics roll around in two years – I think the stairs heading down to the laundry room will make a great luge track.
– Tiffany Blaire
HASHTAGWV ART & ENTERTAINMENT Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Christina Entenmann-Edwards has been a WV resident since September 2008. She was born and raised in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and is no stranger to hard work and the entrepreneurial spirit. In 2006, she graduated from Quinnipiac University (Hamden, Connecticut), Cum Laude, with a B.A. in History. In 2010, she graduated with an M.B.A. from Liberty University (Lynchburg, Virginia). In February 2012, Christina launched HashtagWV as the area’s first full-color, free arts and entertainment tabloid + online platform. Christina completed the Leadership West Virginia class of 2021, which is an innovative program that grows, engages, and mobilizes leaders to ignite a life passion to move West Virginia forward.