A Sheboygan family celebrates Olympics in a unique way

The Leibhams created their own Summer Olympics
Posted at 12:06 PM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 13:06:44-04

The Summer Olympics are just days away, but a Sheboygan family has created an exceptional Olympic tradition of their own.

The Leibham family started their own Olympic games a few years ago, and it’s grown to include more than 60 participants and 22 games.

It all started when the family asked grandma and grandpa if they could hold their own competitions in their back yard.

 “They thought we were crazy but they loved it,” family member Nate Leibham said.

This year’s competitions included short track big wheel races, lawn darts, a human foosball-like soccer game and especially golf, because it’s been more than 100 years since that sport was included in the Summer Olympics.

Forty-two grandchildren—ranging in age from 1 to 24 -- compete in the competitions, all sporting   “Team USA” shirts.

The Leibhams have held at least three competitions so far.

“You know you’re not always maybe going to win, you’re not going to get that first place, but we’re reaching for that,” another family member said.

Grandma Leibham said that this was a great way to show the kids what the Olympics are all about.

The Rio Olympic Games begin on Friday, August 5 and ends on Sunday, August 21.