As the 2010 Winter Games opened in Vancouver last night, the celebration was overshadowed by the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, whose fatal crash happened earlier that day.
This young man’s death was incredibly tragic and yet was symbolic to other tragedies that have occurred at the Olympics. I remember as a young girl, watching the Israeli athletes being kidnapped and the tragedy that occurred. It seems the Olympics is not a stranger to sadness.
But I would like to focus on the beauty that defines the Olympic Spirit. It is such a beautiful thing to watch these athletes, filled with life, and zest, reach for their goals.
It also makes you feel so patriotic, doesnt it?
I love the crowds, the outfits, the beauty of Canada, and all that comes with the events. From speed skating, to skiing to all the crazy events in between, there is nothing like the Olympics.
It must be amazing to be an Olympian. Can you imagine working nearly your whole life for a few minutes of glory?
I am so impressed with what I have seen so far today and I look forward to watching this week.
The Olympic spirit is filled with hope, joy, and unity for our country. So tell me, will you be watching? If so, what is your favorite sport and why? We want to hear!