2. August 2012 04:01
The Olympic Games have been going on for about a week now, and I'm remembering all there is to love about the Olympics:
5. All those "how do they DO that?" moments--synchronized diving and most gymnastics events come to mind.
4. Teamwork that brings rewards. I love the team events, where each member's contribution is essential.
3. Local flavor. We've got a hometown girl in the Olympics for the second time (Carli Lloyd of US Women's Soccer.) After the last Summer Games, the town had a parade in her honor.
2. Seeing the sheer joy in a competitor's face (regardless of their team) when they see that they have not only achieved a personal best, but broken an Olympic record to boot.
And the number-one thing I love about the Olympics: It inspires the kids to get out and get active. After watching a few minutes of Beach Volleyball, Ten and a couple of his friends wandered outside for their own pick-up volleyball game. The fence between two backyards was their net, and since they had to play on grass, they used a beach ball to keep the Beach Volleyball vibe strong.
I hate that journalists refer to Olympic medals as "hardware." Hardware, to me, refers to hammers, nails, nuts and bolts--not an award given for a superior performance in one's chosen sport.
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