There's something about the Olympics that makes me come alive. I love the Olympics. I love the glorious moments of victory and the agonizing moments of defeat. Words are unable to express the amount of time, energy and dedication the athletes put into their sport in order to display their talent for the entire world to see. Every 4 years the world gets the opportunity to know the athletes' stories and temporarily take them on as their own.
My favorite sports to watch are Gymnastics, Track & Field and Swimming. I love them actually. I am so excited to see the routines and world records that will be broken. There's no doubt in my mind that Michael Phelps will become the world's most decorated olympic athlete, regardless of the new swimsuits. Gymnastics and Track & Field have a tough 2 weeks ahead of them with fantastic competitors from numerous countries, but I'm sure the USA will represent well.
I think one of the things I love the most about the Olympics, is that they bring people together. Amidst things like presidential elections, radical extremists and people fighting over various ideas and opinions...comes a common ground to root for one's country. (Unless you're "anti-China" which is annoying...it's just the location of the Olympics. Look beyond that and support your country!) In addition, what truly ties the olympic experience together is the memorable Bob Costas. I'm naming him "Voice of the Olympics".
Tonight's the television broadcast of the opening ceremonies and I'm watching the whole thing if it kills me. The show each country puts together in support of the olympics is always amazing. The lighting of the olympic flame is one of my favorite aspects. The year the man shot the flaming arrow to light the flame was by far the best. I'm sure China will not disappoint. Go USA!