Less than 100 days to 2008 Beijing Games
The majority of the attention the 2008 Olympics has been receiving lately is negative. The torch relay has been marred by protests in nearly every country it passed through. News articles have highlighted negative issues from China’s human rights record to the Chinese government spying on guests at the games; and every subject in-between.
There is finally a small glimmer of hope among all of the darkness; the 2008 Olympic Games will begin in less than 100 days. The finest athletes in the World will be running, jumping, lifting and throwing to try to achieve Olympic glory. Patriotism will abound as we cheer for athletes we’ve often never heard of to try to bring home the gold medal for our country.
Existing stars will be there to try to grab gold once more; like Michael Phelps who will be going for numerous records in swimming. New stars will emerge that few have heard of, but that grab the collective attention of an entire country (a la Mary Lou Retton). If you step away from the politics surround the ’08 Games for a moment, you will remember what the Olympics are supposed to be about. The creed of the Olympics best illustrates what the games really mean:
“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 by to have fought well.”
Keep the Olympic creed in-mind as the 2008 Games approach. Supporting the 2008 Summer Games does not mean you have to endorse a government with policies you oppose. You can just support and enjoy the athletes who participate in the Games. Those athletes are what the Olympics is really about, all of their hard work and effort has paid off as they get a chance to compete.
The 2008 Beijing Games begin in less than 100 days…