Taking Part


The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well. 
Pierre de Coubertin

Olympic games are unbelievably and inexplicably unique.  When else would you concern yourself with obscure sports like table tennis or handball?  Chances are, you wouldn't.  But every four years, all sports, no matter their level of obscurity, matter.  We care simply because "teams" are synonymous with "country."

The Olympics provide a sense of community throughout the country, which in itself, is impressive.  We cheer, yell and maybe even cry over and for "our" athletes.  It doesn't matter what their college colors are or were or what professional team they're associated with.  All that matters is that for two weeks, each of the competing athletes and all of us watching, are aligned with the United States of America.

Yesterday, I purposefully and actively stayed away from anything that might have even hinted at the results of the women's gymnastic team finals.  When it was all said it done, it was well worth it.  To be able to watch their cumulative reaction was well worth any news I missed throughout the day.

My level of skill in any and all things related to rhythm and balance, could be described as mediocre at best.  I think that's one reason I love watching gymnastics as much as I do; those who can't do, watch and live vicariously.  Personally, I believe each of the athletes competing in London right now, are amazing.  I am unable to fathom the level of discipline, desire and passion it takes to get to that point, but thankful for those that posses it.

The 2012 London Games will be over in a matter of days, so take in all the moments you can; the breathtaking skill; the shocking finishes; and everything in between. 


4 i love your comments!:

a boy a girl and a pug said...

oh last night was so fun watching them!! i love it!! it just comes and goes so quickly. the hubs and i were trying to figure handball...are there any rules to that? ha!

Brie Bemis @ Sophistifunk said...

i loooove the olympics so much and was so excited to see the fab 5 win!

p.s. i'm your newest follower :)
xo brie

tiff@thecoffeehouse said...

seriously. the gymnastics are cra-zy. I mean, I hold my breath for two hours while watching.

Ariel Tyler Henley said...

The olympics are amazing to watch! I love the way it connects everyone around the world.

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