I love the Olympics. Let me say that again... I just love the Olympics. Let me get specific... I just love watching the Olympics.
Here's the top three things I love about the Olympics.
1. The opening and closing ceremonies, but especially the opening ceremony. I enjoy watching the host country design a program that is unique to their history and culture that is also entertaining and beautiful to the eye. The opening ceremony from Beijing was absolutely spectacular. I couldn't take my eyes off the TV and each separate production in the ceremony was amazing beyond words.
2. The competition. I've been known to be competitive and I enjoy watching all kinds of sports. The Olympics gives me the opportunity to watch so many different games, matches, and events. I also enjoy the aspect that the athletes are from all over the world and that the competition is between countries.
3. Although I don't enjoy watching athletes/teams lose, I love watching emotional wins - especially when it's the USA. I'm sure part of that is because as an American, I hear some of the background stories of the athletes. It becomes more personal. The win, or just competing, becomes the culmination of hard work, overcoming obstacles, sweat, tears, hopes and dreams. How can you not want to watch all of that play out on a court, or in a swimming pool, or whatever the venue may be?
A just got done watching the men's 4x100 freestyle swimming relay where the French team was favored. Where the French team were cocky and talking about "smashing" the American team. And it was the French team that was ahead most of the time. But on the last lap, with the USA's anchor trailing the French anchor, USA's swimmer overtook the competitor to touch the wall first, within hundredths of a second ahead of the silver winning French swimmer.
It was so exciting. My heart was pumping as Jake and I were loudly cheering the USA swimmer on. That last half of a lap was incredible to watch, and it was an amazing win. Not only did USA win the gold, but they "smashed" the world's record. Icing on the cake... they put the French team in it's place. It was a glorious and historical moment and I had the privilege of watching it.
That's why I love the Olympics.