This to me is the epitome of why sports are incredible.
When else -despite terrorism, world hunger, violence and a plethora of other terrible hardships our world faces today – the world can unite.
It gives you a sense of peace. And sense of comfort. Maybe the world isn’t always such a terrible place, afterall?
But what warms my heart, maybe even more so, is how excited these young, amateur athletes are. I think their enthusiasm is absolutely adorable. They want to be there. They’re honored to be there. Unlike the jaded cynicism of many professional athletes, with their multi-million dollar contracts and their riders.
Instead you have these young teens, young adults who have dreamed of this day since they found their love of sports. They play injured, instead of sitting out with a sore thumb or an injured pinky.
This is their chance. Their chance to prove they are the best athlete in the entire world. To represent their country. To, for a few moments, literally be on top of the world.
As they said during the opening ceremonies as each country took their turn walking through the stadium, many know they won’t win a medal – but they are there for the Olympic experience. It’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.
For all the downfalls of Sochi that I’ve heard.They were unprepared, that it’s a terrible venue, etc. You have to admit, that every two years, the world unites for just a moment. Just for a moment, there is hope.
And no matter where the Olympics are – hearing that Olympics music pop up on my television will always give me goosebumps.
And finally to the athletes that make us smile. The ones who can’t stop grinning and taking picture during opening ceremonies. The ones who cry while walking the circle to kick off the Olympics. To those who take selfies and can’t hide their excitement. To the ones who bawl their eyes out when they here the national anthem while standing on the podium. Thank you.
Go USA. Go World.
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