By Steve Kish
It’s Saturday evening and you’re sitting watching the finals of the
Men’s 400m Individual Medley. Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps are on
the blocks. The gun sounds they race for 350m and Phelps is a body
length behind Lochte. Phelps sees this coming out of the turn and puts
his all into his freestyle. Phelps closes the gap and it’s getting
closer as the wall gets near. You are now yelling at your tv,
encouraging either Lochte or Phelps. Your on the edge of your seat as
they touch the wall. This is the uniqueness of the Olympics, there is
nothing like it. From opening ceremonies, to the pool, to the track,
to closing ceremonies, the Olympics are unlike anything else in sport.
What else would make Americans interested in shot put, or open water
swimming? What other sporting event has something for everyone.
These Olympics might not officially start until Friday night, yet the
Americans already have a victory in women’s soccer. It was a 4-2 come
from behind victory led by Alex Morgan’s two goals. Yes in the
Olympics every American victory is important to us. That can be said
for all countries involved. A countryman doing well at the Olympics is
huge news in his home country. Yes some countries will send only one
athlete to compete, and others will send hundreds, that is the beauty
of the Olympics, anyone has a chance.
Yes there are the stars, the Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Usain Bolt,
Marta, and the list goes on and on. And there are the unknowns that
burst on the scene.. Then you have the inspirational storylines, the
athlete that sacrificed, trained in horrible conditions, had the bad
upbringing. You find yourself rooting for these athletes, no matter
the sport, nor the county they represent. This all adds to the
wonderment that is the Olympic games.
For 17 days the world will watch these games. Watch their countrymen
compete to be the best in the world in their respective sport. They
will see them triumph, they will see them break down to tears from
failure. The Olympics create everlasting memories for athlete and fan.
Only in the Olympics will you be on the edge of your seat praying the
female gymnast get a high enough score on the balance beam to put her
in medal contention. Enjoy these games, take it all in from opening
ceremony to closing ceremony as at some point records will be broke,
hearts will broke, and countrymen hug their proverbial enemies in a
show of athletic respect. Let the games begin.