I love the Olympics

So we have DVR and I’ve been able to watch these Summer Games of the 29th Olympiad to my heart’s content. With approximately 18 hours of Olympic coverage available each day, I thought I might get bored by the end of these two weeks but I have LOVED every minute of it. Okay, I haven’t actually watched every minute of it. I started to fast forward through the handball games (not sure I get that), field hockey, umpteenth rowing race, and table tennis. I got a little tired of watching the same dives over and over again in the preliminaries, semi-finals and finals, but really, I could go on watching the Olympics for another month at least. I love everything about it. I love the athletes who have worked so hard and can show it off by winning races and being the best in the world. I enjoy watching the athletes who don’t win, but still find joy in competing at all and maybe scoring a personal best. I love watching the families with their matching shirts, emblazoned with pictures of “their Olympian.” What a dream that would be.

I also reflected on the position of the good old USA in the world. These weeks have reminded me that despite our struggles, our great country is admired. We set standards with our demeanor, our athletes, our very nature. It’s not something we’re cocky about, it’s just the way it is….it’s our role in the world and I was happy to see that reiterated.
In addition to all of those normal Olympic experiences, for the first time I understand the diplomacy of the Olympics. It’s been so nice to be a world together, at the same place, doing the same things at the same time. We’ve helped each other up, edged each other out and in the end, respectfully admired and celebrated our collective accomplishments.


10 thoughts on “I love the Olympics

  1. I’ve missed watching the Olympics from a U.S. point of view, just due to the fact that the coverage on the athletes, the up-close-and-personal stories are missing here, and more of the “main events” are only covered in bits and pieces. I’m happy for the Indians though, who with their one gold and two bronze have made their best ever showing at the Olympics. Their gold medal winner is on billboards everywhere we go, so it is good to be a part of an overall goodwill event.

  2. I love the Olympics too and wished I could have watched more. It just brings together an overall unifying attitude and I love that. Glad you were able to see all that you wanted to. šŸ™‚ The parts I saw were very memorable so I’m glad for that at least.

  3. Grandpa and I spent Thurs-Sun at the cabin and relaxed and just totally enjoyed the Olympics! What a great and spectacular event it has been. You put it in words much better than I do, but I really hated to see it come to an end this evening. It truly makes one proud to be an American!

  4. That’s a great post Linds…I love the roll the Olympics has in uniting all of us too, it’s really a beautiful thing! Steven and I weren’t quite ready for it to end either.

  5. Hear, hear! The Olympics really makes me love America even more than I already do. I have always love watching gymnastics, but this year I also enjoyed the swimming and the new trampoline competitions. How anyone can do what these athletes do is beyond me.

  6. we’ve been having Olympics withdrawls too. I always enjoy watching the Olympics, but I think this year it meant even more to me because of the things you mentioned… now more than ever it was nice to see the world come together, when it seems to be falling apart. Having been a swimmer during my childhood and teenage years, I of course loved watching Michael Phelps, and reminiscing of the memories and loves of those swim team years. We missed the basketball though, didn’t see any of it, and that was of course dissappointing to Chris.

  7. I too am sad they are over. I loved watching them. Especially my future husband, Mr. Michael Phelps. But since everyone is commenting on the synchronized swimming, I will too…AMAZING!! Seriously how did they do it!!I am also sorry that I never made it to the Olympics so that you could wear a matching shirt with my beaming face emblazoned on it. You can do that anyways if you want šŸ™‚

  8. THe Olympics are great! I totally agree and I also went through withdrawal. My favorite is watching them with family. Second best is texting family to say “Wow. Can you believe that?”

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