Watching The Olympics

Like so many others I have been spending lots of time watching the Olympics. I wonder, though, do others feel like I do? I want everyone to win. I have been finding the athletes dashed hopes and visible disappointment almost too difficult to watch. It wasn’t always that way, I can remember watching past Olympic events with the usual sense of competition and spectator analysis. This time, though it seems personal. I think it must just be me, but it is almost too painful to watch the individual events like the gymnastics, and even some of the races. I simply want each one of their efforts rewarded with gold.

I do remember that bible verse though:

1 Corinthians 9:24
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

The Chinese people did put on quite an event, though. The opening was fabulous, and their athletes have been exceptional.

We will be hearing about phenomenal Phelps for a long time. There have been a number of older athletes, too. Is there a reason for this? Better training methods, or what? I felt very sorry for the top Chinese gymnasts, though… they were operating under tremendous pressure to score very high and missed it, although as a group they have been consistently excellent. I think it is these events I both most like, and find myself wanting to close my eyes. I suppose that is part of it : that sense of suspense in this years Olympic Summer Games.