Thursday, July 26, 2012
Why I Love The Olympic Games
Tomorrow I get to park in front of the television and watch the opening ceremonies.herald the start of another Olympic Games.
Ever since the Grenoble winter games of 1968 and the summer ones in Mexico City later that year I have looked forward to watching the Olympiads and their drama filled stories unfold.
Conversely, when the two to three weeks of competition is over, I'm a little sad when the Olympic flame gets extinguished because it mens it'll be another four years before the world gathers again for summer (or winter games) competition.
I like watching the various competitions in sports I rarely see on television such as fencing, team handball, archery, and countless others being contested on an Olympic stage.
The ones I do get to watch on a regular basis such as basketball, soccer, boxing and athletics take on another high stakes meaning when the competing teams are playing for not only national pride, but to stand on the highest step of the Olympic victory platform and hear their nation's national anthem played with a gold medal around their neck.
There are all the dramatic storylines that develop during the various Olympic competitions that play our during that Olympiad. You'll have the athlete who need the performance of a lifetime to win a medal and does just that.. The person who comes seemingly out of nowhere to become the Olympic champion. The favorite who stumbles just short of Olympic glory. The team that fails to qualify for the medal round in their sport or the unheralded squad that does o and makes a deep run in the medal rounds to do so.
There's also the persons who through their performances and their expressive personalities become international stars or conversely villains because of nekulturny behavior or poor sportsmanship.
It's also the knowledge that while you're watching the Olympic games, for the two weeks you're watching this sporting extravaganza unfold that has its roots in the ancient Greek festival, so is everyone else on the planet.
I think the major reason I love about the Olympic Games is that the world during those two weeks feels a little more unified during the time the Olympic flame is burning.