2012 Olympics

Last night the 2012 Olympics ended in London, England with a fun send-off.

Over the past two weeks, the world came together to compete and it was great to watch.

I have always enjoyed the Olympics!  Seeing the pride in each athlete for his or her sport and for his or her county is exciting.  For all of these people from all over the world to peacefully get along and show such fantastic sportsmanship is something that we can all learn from.

And, to think some of the winners were determined by less than a second on the clock is truly incredible.  Never is time as important as when you are beating a world record or within 1 /100th of a second to determine the winner.

Something else that I am always so blown away by is the number of hours each day that the athletes devote to their sport.  They practice, play, etc. for 7 to 8 hours a day for years.  The sacrifices they make are incredible for that medal.  Sheer determination and grit must keep them going as their muscles ache.

At the opening ceremonies on July 27, I was fascinated to see athletes from all over the world, including countries that I have never heard of before.  Each person had a story on how they arrived and sadly, there wasn’t enough time to hear about all of them.  A few countries had fewer than 5 people competing.  Isn’t that amazing?  And, what an honor for them.

The City of London and the country of Great Britain were welcoming to the world.  I think they did a great job hosting.  The venues seemed nice and the music in the opening and closing ceremonies was fun and enjoyable, although a bit over the top at times.  But, that’s what it’s about, isn’t it?!

What I got a bit frustrated with was the television coverage on the network.  For the most part it was great, but they seemed to be very heavy in a few events while leaving out others altogether.

I know they can’t air everything, but I wish, for example, that they had aired a few women’s soccer matches, including gold, on the network — or at least part of the match, rather than on a cable channel that some families don’t have.

I have to say that since that is my only gripe, I as usual enjoyed the entire spectacle that is the Olympics.  The photo is one that I found online.  Isn’t it a great one?

Seeing records broken was fantastic!  Swimming, running, teams winning women’s beach volleyball, and women’s basketball, men’s relay swimming team, were some of the records that I enjoyed watching.  And, cheering a favorite team to victory was fabulous as well.

For the most part, the athletes showed amazing sportsmanship.  A few were quite frustrated at winning silver as opposed to gold.  I can see how that would be frustrating, but to me receiving any medal — gold, silver, or bronze would be an honor.

Please share your memories and favorite moments.  I would love to hear from you!

On to Rio de Janeiro in 2016!!   I do like that we only have to wait two more years for the winter Olympics.