By the end of the month all eyes will be on London. People from around the world will be watching athletes from their respective countries compete for those coveted gold, silver and bronze medals.
I personally look forward to the XXX Olympics. I wouldn’t exactly say I’m athletic so watching these athletes’ achievements is inspiring to me. Plus who doesn’t like to cheer on their fellow countrymen and women.
For years now I have watched every single Olympics, winter and summer, and there is always one defining moment that stands out. During the 2008 Olympics in Beijing swimmer Michael Phelps brought home eight gold medals, holding the record for the most gold medals won in a single Olympics.
In 1996 in Atlanta gymnast Kerri Strug had a perfect vault landing despite injuring her ankle on the previous vault attempt. Seconds later to the deafening cheers of the crowd she collapsed in pain and was carried off the floor. That landing secured the gold for the American team.
Then there was the dramatic win by speed skater Dan Jansen in Lillehammer in 1994. After missing his opportunity to win any medals in Sarajevo, Calgary and Albertville, Jansen competed in his final Olympics in the winter of 1994 and captured the gold. It was bittersweet for Jansen as it was during the 1992 Olympics in Calgary he learned his sister had died just hours before he was to skate. He was favored to win in the 500 and 1,000 meter races but instead fell.
There was also the dramatic win of the gold medal by the American team in Lake Placid in 1980. Their story was even brought to the big screen. And in 1992 the American basketball team won the gold in Barcelona earning them the nickname the Dream Team.
And who can forget diver Greg Louganis. As millions watched he hit his head on the diving board during the preliminary round during the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. He suffered a concussion but being the athlete that he is he finished the preliminaries and still brought home gold medals.
One never knows what the Olympics will bring. Whether it’s watching our favorite athletes, routing for the underdog country that is not competing against the U.S.A. or watching the spectacular opening ceremonies, it is all exciting.
I personally can’t wait to watch swimming, gymnastics, archery, beach volleyball, track and field, rowing and tennis. Those are just a few of the sports that athletes will compete in.
As I write this the Olympic torch is travelling through England and is expected to make its final journey along the River Thames on July 27 where it will make its way to light the cauldron. The Olympics will take place from July 27-Aug. 12.
For more information on the Olympics, athletes and schedule visit www.olympic.org or www.london2012.com.