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.