London Olympics ~ The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat
I must admit that I love watching the Olympics. At the same time, I can’t remember the name of an athlete that won gold medals in the 2008 Olympics for my country.
Why are we so fascinated by the summer games?
Jim McKay captured the concept perfectly with his opening words on ABC’s Wide World of Sports (quite a long time ago -1961?)
when he referred to “the human drama of athletic competition” and the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”
I like the drama and the stories about the incredible hard work and dedication that many of the athletes demonstrate. The mostly unknown athletes have given up much of their lives to get there.
I enjoy watching Roger Federer in tennis or LeBron James in basketball but I’m not sure if pros should be allowed to compete. I get to see them compete throughout the year. It’s their “job”.
I’m also interested to read about the incredible security and all the doping scandals.
Two days before the London Games’ official opening ceremony, the athletics’ ruling body saying it had suspended nine track and field competitors for what it called “sophisticated doping.”
The Olympics is mostly about the
best in us
and that’s why I love them.