Finally, the Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony is today! Initially, the Summer Olympics were scheduled for last year, but well, we can thank COVID for ruining everything 2020.

Aside from the occasional baseball game, I’m not a sports enthusiast. They just don’t pique my interest. But then, there are the Olympics. For two weeks, I’m glued to the TV watching EVERYTHING I possibly can. And when I say everything, I mean everything.

The Olympics are inspiring. Every four years, we are graced with top athletes from around the world competing against each other in the hopes of being crowned the best of the best. They train hours and hours every day for their chance to represent their country and claim an Olympic medal. And I’m here for it.

Though, it would be awesome to have a regular, non athlete person compete for comparison.

There is something a bit ironic about watching athletes in their peak pushing their muscles and skills to the extreme while I sit and eat chips and cheer them on. But we won’t dwell on that last part.

The 2020/2021 Summer Olympics has some newcomers to the event list: karate, skateboarding, sports climbing, and surfing. And making a comeback to the Olympic arena are baseball and softball. I’m watching it all.

For the most part, when I do watch a sport, I tend to root for the underdog. The Olympics are the one time where I tend to root for the USA team, underdog or not. Because ‘merica!

Watching the Olympics is not for the faint of heart. More often than not, you’re on the edge of your seat, seconds away from experiencing a full blown heart attack. But it’s worth it for moments like this…

You get to watch GOATs like Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, and Katie Ledecky dominate their Olympic events, and newbies like Brighton Zeuner, Nevin Harrison, Erriyon Knighton, and others leave their mark. And you swell up with pride as though they were your own family.

So. Why should you watch the Olympics? Well, so you can…

  • see how non-athletic you are
  • be inspired to work out
  • see a visual representation of “excellence requires discipline and hard work”
  • see that teamwork really does matter
  • see that cultural diversity is beautiful

Which Summer Olympic event will you be watching?

P.S. You can watch the Olympics on NBC or Peacock.

1 Comment

  1. Definitely going to check out the new stuff this year – karate and surfing are up there.

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