I have ALWAYS been a big fan of the Olympics since I was a kid. I might have been one of the only little girls who collected the Basketball Player card for all the members of the original “Dream Team” in the summer of 1992. My love is is not limited to just the Summer Games. I was totally team Tanya Harding because she was my favorite ice skater and didn’t think she’s actually do that to Nancy Kerrigan. And I’ll admit I rarely pay attention to these sports outside the games, but the Olympics it was so many of these athletes work so hard for. From the spectacle of the Opening Ceremonies and all the events, you know that these athletes are there to compete on another level It’s for all the marbles. It’s in front of the whole world. For many of the participants it might be the only shot they get to win a gold medal and bring pride to their countries. And for that reason the Olympics have always been so captivating for me.
Women’s sports get the attention and respect it deserves.
There has been a lot of attention to the women at the Olympics this year for lots of reasons. This year, there are more women on the U.S. Olympic team than there are men. And some of our countries most winning Olympians have been women this year, like Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky. During this Olympics, the media has made a couple hiccups in how they report women’s victory in comparison to their male counterparts.I hope that it’s brought more attention to the fact that these women are capable of as much, if not greater achievement in the realm of sports.
I find new appreciation for sports I didn’t think were interesting before.
This year’s new favorite sport is Men’s Water Polo. Woo wee, those are some hunky dudes! Water Polo also the kind of sport that I think I could actually do in theory, it’s mostly just water soccer, right? (I know it’s way harder than that…). I feel the same way about Curling in the Winter Olympics. Being from Florida, I had no idea what Curling was until a few years ago when they introduced it to the games. Now, it’s one of my most favorite Winter Olympic sports and I think I could definitely kick butt at it.
*Full disclosure…. The Olympics also may give me delusion of grandeur about my athletic ability which is pretty much none lol…
Stepping up my “arm chair referee” game.
I am as guilty as the next person of this and honestly I enjoy it. Maybe it just the know-it-all in me, but after about 1 hour of the gymnastics qualifying rounds, I’ll start saying things like “That landing only deserved a 10th of point deduction” or “that release on the uneven bars was terrible!” Am I right about what I’m saying? Probably not. Will I continue to pretend to know like I understand how the scoring systems work on most of the sports? Absolutely.
We rock. I feel like that goes without saying. Our athletes dominate the games and there is a lot of patriotic pride you get from that.
You start believing maybe World Peace could be real.
After the way this world has been this year in particular, I can say I was worried about all these people from all these different countries coming together in one place. But, after I watched the Opening Ceremony and saw all the athletes there together, meeting new people from other countries. I felt a lot more hopeful. During these games, I’ve seen gymnasts from North Korea and South Korea hugging and taking selfies. Routinely after most of the track races, all the opponents shake hands and hug each other. One of my favorite photos was the Egyptian woman’s beach volleyball team who wore long sleeves shirts, pants, and head coverings playing against another team in bikinis. It’s a great thing to see that we can all still be different, but get along. Even if it is just for the Olympics.