Olympic Knitters

Lots of us are knitting during the Olympics, but did you know that some USA Olympians are knitting, too?

Tobin Heath (left) Kelley O'Hara (right), sporting their handknits

Kelley O'Hara: USA Soccer

Yesterday I watched the USA Soccer team beat Canada in overtime, and make it to the Gold Medal game! It was so exciting. USA Team member Kelley O'Hara is a knitter as well as a world-class soccer player. Here's what she has to say about knitting.

How long have you been knitting and how did you learn?
"I learned from my teammate Tobin Heath last January, so I am a novice knitter. We were on our way to China for the Four Nations tournament and clearly that's a very long flight. She taught me how to knit a cap and I knitted my way all the way to China."

How do you work knitting into your training regimen and/or lifestyle?
"The lifestyle of a pro soccer player or the National Team involves a lot of travel and a lot down time so it's great for passing the time."

Do you knit around teammates and competitors, and if so, how do they respond?
"My teammates made fun of me because my first hat turned out so ridiculous-looking, but when they all get red, white and blue scarves in their stockings this year they will be thanking me."

Any favorite yarns?
"Anything that is soft and colorful."

How does knitting fit in with your competitive personality?
"It fits into my obsessive personality because I can literally do the same thing for hours."

Betsey Armstrong: Olympic knitter and member of the USA Water Polo Team (Photo credit: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC Olympics)

Betsy Armstrong: USA Water Polo

I've also been enjoying water polo—I can't believe the skill involved! And it's so fun to watch.

Betsy Armstrong on knitting: "I've just learned to knit and have completed some scarves and hats. My sister is an extremely talented knitter (she makes EVERYTHING) so she is always helping me with new projects."

I'm having so much fun watching the Olympics and knitting along. I'm about halfway through a scarf knitting project, and with the Olympics ending this weekend, I've got to ramp it up! I might have to tape my wrists. And get some sweatbands.

Check out all things Olympic at at NBCOlympics.com and TeamUSA.org.


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