Updated 07/31/2012 03:17 PM
Olympics inspire kids to try new sports
If your kids have been watching the Olympics with you and now say they want to go for the gold themselves, it's not too late! Plenty of summer camps still have openings, and teach the sports they've been watching on the Summer Games. Our Megan Cruz stopped by some camps to size up their training programs.
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CAPITAL REGION -- Lisa Hoyt's the director of the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center. It runs a summer day camp in Cropeyville, where she teaches kids the art of archery.
"Kids love it. They really love it," said Hoyt. "They're a little nervous at first to pick up the bow and they're not really sure what to do with it, but with just a little bit of practice and a little bit of training, they can start shooting and get very good in a short amount of time."
Maybe so good, that they compete in an upcoming summer olympics! Maybe that's your kid's dream as they watch the 2012 games. Well, Dyken Pond and other area camps offer a number of the summer sports, like archery.
"The hardest part is definitely holding your bow drawn back, especially if you're using a recurve like this," said Dan von Schilgen, a Dyken Pond camp counselor. "Because you have to physically hold the string back with pure power."
Von Schilgen plans to spend his summer shooting, and aiming to be like an Olympian.
"I'd want to be that good, but I'd need a lot more practice," he said.
Practice does make perfect, but maybe you're more of a tumbler than a shooter? Well then DC Gymnastics in Albany is the place for you.
"We start with stretching, do the basics, get their bodies warmed up, then we hit the beam or bars," said DC Coach Kristin Michelena.
Like Dyken Pond, DC Gymnastics has openings at their summer camp. But Michelena says those spots might start filling up.
"Every 4 years we get a huge influx because people are seeing it on the tv and then start doing flips on the couch and bed," she said.
It's all the right equipment at their gym, where kids can really go for the gold.
"Do you want to compete in the Olympics?" asked the YNN reporter.
"Yes!" said Tianna Harris! I just think i'll get very nervous, very nervous because of the amount of people watching but I want to do my best to get into the Olympics.
For information on these and other area camps, visit http://www.cdcccc.org.