With the Olympics in full swing, I have been somewhat reluctant to talk about it. I don’t know why. I guess I haven’t been moved by anything the past few Olympics with maybe the exception of Phelps. But I am not much into swimming so, I didn’t get too caught up in that last time out. However, this year, I was moved. I was moved by the women’s gymnastics squad. Not since the original men’s basketball “Dream Team” have I been moved like this before.
Of course, I am talking about that “spark plug” by the name of Gabby Douglas. Her and the rest of the women’s gymnastics team that I watched completely dominate their event. And in the process, seeing the smiles of accomplishment on their faces of years and years of hard work and dedication paying off on the highest of stage. I never felt more proud to be an American. And with all the political crap America has had to endure for the past 20 years, it was finally good to feel like that once again.
I know the feeling won’t last long for me, but these young ladies who went out and got “in the zone” and took home the gold for their country, it will be with them for the rest of their life. One sequence after another, floor routine, balance beam, uneven bars, you name it, these girls went out and dusted away the competition with seemingly ease.
I just wanted to say to them, CONGRATULATIONS! I am proud of all of you for putting forth your best effort and for making me feel what it is like to be a proud American again.
Outside of the badminton scandal, I am proud of all the athletes from all the nations who have come together for friendly competition and for making their country proud for all of their efforts and medals won. Perhaps peace and friendships throughout the Olympics will someday translate into peace and friendships throughout the globe among all of us as just people of the same species on a planet that we all need to learn to share … and share it in peace and love.