Olympics Fever

Has anyone been watching the Olympics? We’ve watched more this year than ever before, I think. It helps that I can putter with some work using my laptop while watching. But there’s something about the awesomeness of them being held in London that keeps us tuning in night after night.

For me, the sport I love the most (and dislike the most) is gymnastics. Especially the women’s competitions. I probably love it because we had two daughters compete in the sport for several years. I dislike it the most because the injuries are so painful.  But it was amazing to watch Gabbie Douglas (USA) take the individual Gold. Who wouldn’t want to root for that smile!

We’ve also watched the cyclists, amazed at their endurance on those long road courses. Bravo to Brad Wiggins (GBR) for his Gold!

And the swimming. Ah, the swimming. When less than 1/100th of a second separates Gold and Silver, it’s a nail-biting race. The strength it takes to move at the speeds these kids do is mind-blowing.

There are so many sports (and athletes) I could talk about, but mostly, I’m just so inspired by it all.  With all the strife in today’s world, these kids are proof that there is a good and decent side to humanity. And that the next generation has the skills and endurance to not only survive, but to thrive and make the world a better place to live.

I love the “feel-good” factor of what the Olympics stands for as much as the actual competitions. Between The Olympics, The Special Olympics, and The Paralympics, there’s a lot of good out there.

So my congratulations to all the athletes competing. Medal or no, they are winners. And because of their perseverance, so are we.

And to our British friends, well done! It’s been an amazing run so far and London, in my estimation, is doing it right.

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14 responses to “Olympics Fever

  1. I agree the Olympics are awe inspiring. And, no one is there by accident. It takes dedication and hard work. On the part of the athletes and their families.

  2. Oh, yes for two weeks I get little else done but watching the Olympics. So much fun!!! And almost everyone show tremendous sportsmanship!!

  3. I’ve not watched any of it this year. Too much hype here in the UK for months before and all news and papers talk about so we’ve kinda switched off to it all.

    • I can understand that, Kit. I know people who are avoiding London right now for that same reason. Well, that and the traffic. My cousin’s mother was British and he and his wife left for London 4 days ago. They are actually going to attend some of the events. I wish them good luck and patience. 🙂

  4. Must admit I’ve got hooked. Loved the swimming and the tennis. And yes, Laurie, there’s much inspiration to be had from the commitment and dedication of the athletes.

    • I have loved the athletes stories almost as much as the events themselves. And I LOVE that their showing the parents watching their children complete. It’s been fun to see their reactions and enthusiasm.

  5. I’m loving it too. I find myself turning the TV on in the morning and letting it run all day. I can go about my business, catching bits & pieces of it. And now I’m really looking forward to the closing ceremonies Friday night.

  6. Valerie J. Patterson

    We watched a lot of the events, and you’re right about the gymnastics. The USA women’s team was phenomenal and their team togetherness was a joy to watch. Gabby deserved all-around, didn’t she? We watched a lot of the volleyball (beach and court) but missed the medal rounds in each. Watched a lot of swimming and diving, basketball, track, kayaking, rowing, etc. We also watched the wrestling for the first time because a local boy from our neighborhood, Coleman Scott, took bronze. It’s heart-wrenching to watch some of the athletes lose–no matter what country they are from–because the pain of defeat shows so clearly on their faces. How about the guy who ran despite breaking his leg right at the start of the race? For him, it was more about finishing what he started than about winning. An incredible lesson to teach in front of millions! 😛

    • i agree, Valerie. There are a lot of lessons that can be learned from watching these incredible athletes. We watched closing ceremonies last night and were amazed all over again. 🙂

  7. I did watch a lot. Even some stuff we never see except every four years. It’s exciting and nail-biting like you said. What a fun (and stressful) experience for the athletes who are talented enough to make the teams- what a lot of pressure they face just to get there, much less compete.

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