Appreciating that Olympic spirit
I’ve managed to watch a fair amount of televised Olympics coverage. How can you not be inspired by some of our American athletes, such as swimmers Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin or the gold-medal winning U.S. women’s gymnastics team, led by Gabby “The Flying Squirrel” Douglas?
Maybe you found the story of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt or South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, running on two artificial legs, more fascinating.
I appreciate the back stories that NBC often provides. Especially remarkable was Friday night’s look back at the “Magnificent Seven,” the first U.S. women’s gymnastics squad to win the gold medal in team competition in 1996. It was a wonderful reflection on the team that overcame Russian domination, and how Kerri Strug helped lead the U.S. to victory despite injuring her ankle on her first of two vaults that wrapped up her team’s efforts. Nevertheless, she vaulted again, “stuck the landing” on one leg and then collapsed due to the injury. It marked the last time she ever competed.
Of course, it turned out to be annoying Sunday that NBC's commentator had U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney all but crowned the gold medalist before the individual vault competition started. Maroney, as it turned out, fell on her second vault and took silver.
Have you been watching the Olympics? What has been your favorite moment? Do our athletes fill you with national pride?
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