The Olympic Games have come to an end, and it may be one of the most historic games ever. With China spending an estimated $40 billion on these games it will be the most expensive games ever for a long time.
After arriving back in Dallas, wide awake at 2 am, I had time to reflect on the Beijing games. One reason why you see so many unexpected events at the Olympic Games is that sometimes the focus goes from "me" to "we." That means, as an athlete, you are going out as an individual in some cases, but you are representing a country, family and friends, and yourself. Being from the US we sometimes get caught up in results and don't understand the true meaning of the games.
People that have not competed at this level don't understand what it feels like to train for something all your life and have it all be determined in a two-week span every four years. Everyone competing in the games has one goal in mind: To come away with a gold medal. At times we are quick to label someone a failure for not obtaining the results the media and others have put on someone. No one feels more of this than the athlete themselves. Lolo Jones, in the women's 110 hurdles, while leading by two body lengths with two hurdles left, clipped the second-to-last hurdle and went from first place to seventh in a blink of an eye. Those few moments cost her at least a $100,000 in bonuses and endorsements.
The Olympic Creed states: "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well."
This is something that through accomplishments and failures that all athletes must remember. China was a great host city who really stated their case for being a powerful nation. I plan on attending every Olympic games that I can in my lifetime, since there is nothing in the world like it. Here are some of my top memories from these games in no particular order.
- Phelps winning record 8 gold medals
- Usain Bolt. Enough said.
- Japanese softball team defeating three-time defending champions USA in softball
- Men's volleyball team winning
- Gold Jamaican track team performance
- Afghanistan winning first Olympic medal
- Opening ceremonies
- Lolo Jones' 110-meter hurdles final, falling from Gold with two hurdles left.
- President Bush being first sitting President to witness an Olympic Games in another country.
- China winning 51 Gold Medals.
- Although there were many more, these were the moments that have stood out in my mind. I hope you have enjoyed my blog.
Hopefully I will be doing the same from London in 2012!