A few our of 2012 Olympians share some of their favorite holiday photos, memories or traditions. We hope you enjoy, and happy holidays!
“This is from my second Christmas. I guess I was pretty hard to impress as an 18-month old,” says Krug.
In 2002, Nick’s mom, Ana, received a digital camera as one of her gifts. In this photo, one of the first taken with the new camera, Nick and younger brother Lucas had just returned from diving practice (with Lucas still in his Speedo!).
The two-time Olympian was born just days before Christmas (December 19). This picture was taken Christmas Eve, the day she came home from the hospital. She’s with older siblings Nick and Stacey.
“I think this picture is kind of funny. I was a big baby! When I was born, I weighed 9 pounds, 12 ounces,” Loukas says.
Of all the gifts he received for Christmas at age 11, David was most excited about his Discman. Technology has changed since then, but who knew – all those years later – how much of a role headphones and music would play in his future. (The bows are a nice look, too!)
“Every year on Christmas Eve, after putting on our pajamas, my grandma would gather around all of the children for a bedtime story, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. While every year was a little different, the story never changed. As I got older, it became more difficult for my grandma to read so we all could hear, but the tradition continued and we all took our part reading the poem.”
“On Christmas morning we were not allowed to see the tree until my grandparents got to the house. We sat in anticipation, staring at the driveway, waiting for their car to arrive. When they finally pulled up, we would sprint downstairs and finally get our first glimpse of the tree, or so I thought. Years later I found out that I was the only one of my siblings that didn’t peek at the tree.”
Be sure to also check out ESPNW’s holiday photo gallery, which includes more photos from Cassidy and Katie.