Wouldn't it figure that the first celebrity I see in real life would be an ice skater :)? Being a diehard skating fan, I was thrilled.
Yesterday, My husband and I were sitting near a popular fountain & green area in a shopping plaza in Aliso Viejo, waiting for his sister to arrive so that we could all see a movie together. It was a lovely evening, still very sunny and lots of people were hanging out around the fountain eating ice cream & playing with their kids. As usual my hubby & I were people watching and he made a comment about a little boy of about 2 1/2 sitting on the wall a few feet away, saying something about the little orange haired boy over there was going to be a terror when he was a little older. The little guy had just been running around & screaming at the top of his lungs the way little kids like to do. He took off like a bullet for the grassy area at one point. Boy could he run for such a little guy!! So I was watching the little boy & then his Mom sat down holding another baby. I wasn't paying much attention to the grown ups in the group, just the kids so I didn't really notice her at first, other than noting that she had pretty dark strawberry blonde hair a bit lighter in color than her sons hair. Then the baby she was hollding started kissing her & I finally looked more closely & realized that it was Jenni Meno, a U.S. pairs skating champion & olympian. She & her husband were really wonderful skaters & I always loved watching their programs. It was exciting to see someone in person that I've always admired on TV. I'd heard that she & her husband coached at the ice rink about a mile from that plaza (same rink Sasha Cohen trained at), so maybe they had been at the rink or possibly they live in the area. It was very cool to see her, but I didn't go up & speak to her or take a photo. She was just living her normal life & it seemed rude to interupt her. Maybe if she'd been on her own I would have approached her, but not with her family around.