Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few days, it’s been hard to miss the Olympics are going on. Surprise!
The 31st Olympiad kicked off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Friday, August 5.
I have to admit, I’ve always been a sucker for the Olympics. Don’t get me wrong, I like watching sports year round, but there’s something about cheering on the United States of America and these amazing athletes.
This is my daughters first Olympics, and let’s be real, she’s only sixteen months old (almost a year and a half for those who hate the month age thing), so she doesn’t cheer the athletes on or really sit still at all while we watch the competitions for an hour before she goes to bed.
She’s not be biting her nails when USA is only one spike away from winning it’s beach volleyball match, and she doesn’t cringe when the gymnasts don’t stick their landings, but for the first time in a long time I am showing her a program on a national news channel that is bringing the country together instead of dividing it.
The Olympic Games are competitions, obviously. But it’s also so much more. It teaches it’s athletes, spectators and the world so many valuable lessons. And for me, passing those along to my kids are the true gold medal.
The Games unite the world, while embracing all of the different cultures, religions and views.
They also prove that you can make your dreams come true with dedication, hard work, sacrifice and lots of muscle.
It’s not just about being the best. Except it kind of is, but it’s also teaching how to be humble and a fantastic teammate.
The ‘Final Five’ is a perfect example. The USA’s women’s gymnastic team earned the gold medal Tuesday night. Two of the athletes faced the battle of coming back from the London games, and are now overshadowed by a fantastic, Olympic-rookie athlete named Simone Biles.
Gabby Douglas, 2012’s All-Around Gold Medal winner, was knocked out of the running for this year’s all-around by Biles. But instead of pouting and cowering down, Douglas came back strong to compete in and help USA win the team competition and to cheer on Biles and the rest of her teammates. Proving sportsmanship is not lost.
I get sucked in to each of the athlete’s stories that play before, during or after their events. They give an in depth look into their lives, and it shows their accomplishments and struggles. We can succumb to our problems, or beat them. How we react to our obstacles shape who we become in the future.
For these three weeks, it’s not about dividing our country by race, sex, sexual orientation, or political views. These three weeks we all wear red, white and blue.
So do yourself and your family a favor and turn on the tube together. Watch some of the amazing things our fellow Americans are doin’ and doin’ and doin’ it well.
Go for the gold, cheers.