The 2008 Olympics

What is it that makes us love the Olympics?

(Ancient Olympic Games )

They draw us in and it make us feel things we don’t expect. It seems to me that every Olympic meet has at least one senseless tragedy and a redemption song that reaches home and maybe even touches the hearts and minds of people around the world.

What is it about this meeting of nations that captures our interest and leaves us on the edge of our collective seats? 

Sometimes I think it’s the stories and sometimes I think it’s the point. How about you?

2 Comments so far

  1. Erica M (ericam) on August 11th, 2008 @ 8:31 am

    The Olympics provides an interesting contrast to professional sports.

    So many people (usually in the context of anti-taxpayer-supported stadium discussions) argue that there’s not much value in sports in our culture. I agree that there’s never a good financial result for anyone but the team owner and the athletes. But clearly something about competition and bonding with people over your team speaks deeply to people.

    So the Olympics (in theory) speaks to this competition and unity behind a cause. Top that with national pride, and who doesn’t love the Olympics? That national pride thing is what speaks to people who don’t even like sports. We want to be the best at stuff and who can’t appreciate the awesomeness of such physical prowess? For those for whom that’s not enough, NBC does quite a job of putting together those human interest stories, so even if you don’t appreciate a sport, you can appreciate the hard work and sacrifice of the athletes.

    That said, I’m still pissed off that the men’s basketball team got a chartered flight to China and the women’s basketball team didn’t, because supposedly the size of the support staff group for the men’s team was so much bigger. What?! And I don’t want to hear one more comment to or from the men’s basketball team about anything other than basketball, nor do I want to hear this Redeem Team crap, as if they’re entitled to a gold medal.


  2. kevinfromminneapolis on August 11th, 2008 @ 7:33 pm

    I like the Olympics because I like the competition of sports, especially when victory is punctuated with your country’s national anthem. When our guys beat the French last night in the pool, that was A-W-E-S-O-M-E. Kerri Strug in 1996, I still remember watching that. I also love the "little sports" that don’t get attention any other time really than during the Olympics. It’s great to see people win who aren’t at all famous but put in just as much time and effort into their sport as Michael Phelps.

    @thefrench Au contraire!



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