I love the Olympic Games.
I particularly enjoy the personal stories of the athletes. Often, they have risen above some challenging life circumstance to reach this world stage. They may have overcome injury or illness or poverty. They may have ignored naysayers and pushed on. All they wanted was the opportunity to compete on their sport’s biggest stage and do their personal best. Perhaps, that personal achievement might even lead to a medal for their team and their country.
Today, I am thankful for the spirit of the Olympic Games.
The end of the Olympic Oath states,
True spirit of sportmanship…glory of the sport…honor of our teams.
Most of the athletes are not seeking individual accolades, personal riches, or ego-driven bravado. The competition is for the team, the sport and for one’s country. Even though the individual’s performance can lead to an individual medal, the spirit of team and country are far more prevelant.
I’ll admit to a little worry about the safety of the athletes in these games. There has been a lot of news coverage about terroristic activity in the Sochi area. I hope that these Olympics are peaceful for all involved; not marred by evil of any kind. Let the athletes enjoy their moment in the competition spotlight and give them the opportunity to live up to the oath they will take in tomorrow night’s opening ceremony.