On the surface it looks like Mitt Romney was simply enjoying a jet ski ride with his wife this weekend. But, he may very well have been preparing for one of the most important contests in his life — apart from that presidential contest everyone seems to be talking about.
In case you missed it, the Olympic Games officially began this weekend. No, not the contests in London — I’m talking about the Romney Olympics. The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker outlined the family tradition:
“The Romney Olympics have long included a mini-triathlon of biking, swimming and running that pits Mitt and his five sons and their wives against one another. But after Mitt once nearly finished last, behind a daughter-in-law who had given birth to her second child a couple of months earlier, the ultra-competitive and self-described unathletic patriarch expanded the games to give himself a better shot.
Now they also compete to see who can hang onto a pole the longest, who can throw a football the farthest and who can hammer the most nails into a board in two minutes — not exactly the kind of events they’ll be giving out gold medals for in London this month.”
The family kicked off their annual Fourth of July week vacation in New Hampshire, and the games are part of this yearly tradition. All 30 Romneys — Mitt and Ann, along with their children and grandchildren — are staying at the family’s $8 million, 13-acre estate on Lake Winnipesaukee.
Romney oversaw the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.