Yes this is another one about the Olympics.
How can we not be talking about it?
For each and every one of us
there is a feeling.
it’s just another competition.
Nothing other than a disturbance
to their regular scheduled and favorite television programs.
For others it becomes somewhat of an addiction
and among those
here I am.
So why all the fuss?
What’s the big deal?
Sports are sports.
You can catch anyone of them
during their peak seasons
(and not at such odd hours due to some stupid time change)
as long as you have access to a television.
I think it becomes something much more than just games.
Regardless of what country you stand behind
or cheer for
the stories in the background
are some true shining moments.
Now bear with me,
I am Canadian so this may seem bias,
but I can tell you
it will fill your heart with pride.
Human spirit does not discriminate.
It has no colour,
A man named Gilmore hadn’t been skating well
leading up to his big race.
So what did he do?
Turned to his fellow team-mate Denny,
and gave him the opportunity to give us the best chance of a medal
and sacrificing his own last 4 years of training.
So what did Denny do?
Not much more to explain except
that is a silver medal to the left of the picture.
Now hang on…
I have another.
An Olympian is trying to fulfill
his Olympic dream
during his cross-country ski race
and the worst possible thing happens.
His ski breaks.
His dream has come to an end.
How on earth can that be inspiring you are wondering?
From the sidelines
a Canadian coach
rushes out with a spare ski in hand
and straps it on
knowing this poor guy will never come close to winning
but wants to give him the opportunity
to at least finish his race.
I have one more
which I can say brought tears to my eyes.
Women’s snowboarding and 2 sisters
Justine and Chloe
win Gold and Silver.
In the crowd is family
anxiously awaiting the chance to get near them
when the last race has finished
and it is confirmed,
both will stand on the podium beside each other.
In the midst of all the excitement
the camera’s capture Mom hugging one of the girls
and although the noise level was over the charts,
the sounds of both Mother and daughter
sobbing and barely catching their breath
could clearly be heard over
the roars of the crowd
as if nothing else even mattered
at that exact moment in time.
Even describing this one for all of you
once again put a lump in my throat.
These are only a few
I chose to share,
and I can only imagine how many more
we don’t hear about.
So when asked
why I get so obsessed with the games
naturally it’s about the pride of my country,
the determination of our athletes,
the wins and even the losses
but when you see first hand
what a human being is capable of
or feel emotions
that have the ability
to bring tears to your eyes,
do I really have to explain myself?
So if you will excuse me,
there is another week
to prepare myself for
God knows what
on the Olympic
emotional roller coaster,
but you’ll all be happy to know
I will be ready!
I am NOT taking
any chances this week!
Best of luck to ALL the athletes!
Make it a great day everybody!