I am a huge fan of the Olympics. An Olympic geek, if you will. First, the ideology that nations come together and compete in a peaceful manor. Second, the level of training and dedication that the athletes undergo amazes me. Next I enjoy learning about other cultures. Lastly the moments of sportsmanship that can be observed touches my heart. Maybe I am just an ideologist and I find the good in the games because I look for them. Perhaps true friendships cannot be forged from these events. I believe they can and do. Even rivalries are awesome and help push you beyond your limits (thinking about the USA/Australian Swim teams of the past).
I began watching the Olympic Games in 1984 and have been hooked ever since. Back then it was all about the Women’s Volley Ball team, The Women’s Gymnastics (hey I was 14) and Track & Filed for me. (My main event now is Swimming, it was the only sport in HS that I enjoyed even though I was horrible at it) Since then I have been fortunate enough to be in a position to watch about any and every event televised. Last year’s London Games was a media barrage consisting of multiple TV channels, live streaming events, recorded streaming events and mini docs on demand along with a ton of related text material to consume. It was almost as good as being there, I am sure. Maybe more so since I was able to see just about everything as one point or another.
When I was younger I used to go through a sort of depression when the games ended. Not this time. Last year as the closing ceremonies began to wind down I felt a sense of having been a part of it all. One day I may be fortunate enough to attend an actual Olympic event but until then I’ll always be there in spirit.
Here is one of the most fun things to come out of the London Games, last year… “Call Me Maybe” (an insipidly catchy tune) featuring the US Swim Team.