So, as you probably know by now, the Olympics are going strong. As of this moment [according to Bing], the United States has 3 gold, 6 silver, and 4 bronze medals for a total of 13. Pretty impressive.
However, we’re only a few days into the two week celebration of athletics and sportsmanship and international
competition relations. A lot can still happen.
That’s why I’m glued to my television (which makes it no different than any other day). The sweat, the tears, the …injuries? No one wants to see someone get hurt (except the millions of people who watched that French gymnast break his leg [don’t worry, I won’t link to it; it’s horrific]).
What makes people want to compete in the Games? Is it for a medal? Is it the honor of representing your country on TV? Is it because they like golf and …wait, why’s golf in the Olympics? It’s always on TV. Let’s showcase other great sports that never see cameras and crowds until the Olympic Games.
Or better, let’s get rid of sports no one watches, like basketball, instead of adding another, like golf.
Okay, end rant.
The Olympics are two weeks of premiere events with intense competition featuring competitors from around the globe. If they don’t showcase just how important coming together every four years to celebrate our achievements, cultures, and sports, I don’t see how Leap Day has a snowball’s chance at cultivating world peace (that correlates?).
So, cheer on your country. Watch a sport you never have before (archery, rugby, cycling, fencing, badminton). Obviously, you’ll watch the prime time draws: swimming, gymnastics, beach volleyball, hopefully soccer. And, whatever sports your country is good at (um, USA is good at all the sports).