Like all of America (and the world), I’ve had Olympic fever the past two weeks.
A passionate sports fan, I have closely monitored the NBC Olympics website to learn the results of each competition as they occurred in real-time (some may call me a spoiler, but my poor nerves can’t take the suspense!), then faithfully tuned in to the primetime broadcast, staying up until the early hours of the morning each day to enjoy the visual recap of how each contest unfolded.
(I have no idea what I am going to do with myself without competitions to watch each night when the games conclude on Sunday…oh, wait, I know…get back on a regular sleep cycle!).
It’s been an emotional roller coaster as I’ve cheered on Team USA, my heart overflowing with American pride as I watch each athlete give it their all in an effort to represent our great nation well during the world’s greatest athletic competition.
The Olympics bring together everything I love most about sports, and I have been captivated by the countless inspiring stories of determination, perseverance, courage, and obstacles overcome (like double-amputee and South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius); young athletes like Gabby Douglas and Missy Franklin rocketing to stardom after historic, gold-medal performances; seasoned veterans (swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, track stars Sanya Richards-Ross, Allyson Felix, Lolo Jones, and Tyson Gay, tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams, and the beach volleyball duo Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh to name a few) seeking to add to their legacy of Olympic success or chase the medals that have eluded them; and the efforts of our heralded US national teams (including men’s and women’s basketball and women’s soccer) to cement our country’s place at the top of their respective sports.
But as much as I have enjoyed the thrilling competitions to reach the medal stand, what has proved to be the biggest highlight is the number of athletes – from the gymnast Douglas to track athletes Pistorius, Richards-Ross, Felix, and Jones to diver David Boudia to basketball phenoms Kevin Durant and Maya Moore – who have openly praised and given glory to God while on the Olympic stage.