Tonight marks the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. I look forward to both the Summer and Winter Olympics, and this year is no exception. It’s not just that they only occur every four years…it’s the anticipation of the athletes giving their all (and then some), the camaraderie of being an Olympian, and experiencing sports and athletic competitions on a global level.
Now, I’m a big sports fan, though primarily baseball (Go Cardinals!) and football (Go Packers!)…but there’s something special about the Olympic Games. Maybe it’s because of the events that rarely get televised, like field hockey or curling. Maybe it’s knowing that the athletes are competing at the highest level possible. I think it’s more than all that. The athletes competing in the Olympics are doing something the rest of us can only dream about. They get to represent their nation in front of the rest of the world.
Do I root for the USA? Of course! But I also cheer when I see the best athlete overcome odds to win the gold medal. Or when two teammates competing in the same event still sincerely support each other. Or when an athlete is injured, and still insists on completing the event, at least as much as possible. It’s these moments that are the heart of the Olympics, when it matters the most.
This weekend, I will be sitting down with my family to watch the Opening Ceremonies, and as many events as time allows (you have to sleep sometime…or, so they say). There will be ups and downs, wins and defeats…but most of all, memories will be made. The memories I make will be of time spent with my family, cheering not just for the USA, but for all competitors. The athletes, coaches, and support staff will make memories of their own, no matter the medal count or hiccups along the way. It is my most sincere hope and earnest prayer that the we can all share the following memory: “Another Summer Olympics in the history books…I’m so glad they were safe for all in attendance.”
Want to follow the Olympics this year? Here are the sites I’ll be checking out to keep up with all of the action:
NBC Olympics – NBC’s home for Olympic coverage.
Olympic.org – the Official website of the Olympic Movement.
NBC Sports Live Extra – for live, streaming video. This requires a cable/satellite/telco subscription, which includes MSNBC and CNBC.
The Olympic Games – Official Facebook Page