Welcoming the Olympics to my Television Screen

The opening ceremonies are finally upon us!

English: The Olympic Flag flying in Victoria, ...
English: The Olympic Flag flying in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, outside the provincial legislature of British Columbia, in recognition of Vancouver’s hosting of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Like most people, I’m one of those middle of the road Olympic supporters. I’ll tune into the games and veg out while pretending to understand a new and unusual sport after just a few minutes (synchronized diving anyone?). I don’t mind giving up a month of television (or whatever people are complaining about these days) to an inspiring competition between nations. And I’ll certainly take pride in any medals awarded to our Canadian athletes.

I love seeing my country come together every couple of years to cheer on our athletes.

I love to watch the athletes compete after working so hard to hone their skills. However, I must admit that I was much more excited for the Winter Games, held in Canada just two years ago. I remember interrupting Christmas dinner with my ex-boyfriend (we celebrated a few days early) to run out into the streets of Toronto and watch as the Winter Olympic torch was carried past. And, of course, celebrating shamelessly when our Men’s Hockey Team won the gold. The country was alight with pride – and I hope that the British enjoy a taste of the Olympic fever in the weeks to come.

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay

The Vancouver 2012 Olympic Torch traveling down Yonge Street, Toronto (December 17, 2009)

I have heard a lot of criticism of the British Olympic Committee in the weeks leading up to their games; for everything from their transportation issues to their aggressive lock-down on social media. This criticism happens leading up to every Olympic games, and I expect it will be in vain. I look forward to watching the opening ceremonies tonight with a billion other viewers worldwide. The only problem with the summer games is choosing between enjoying the beautiful summer sunshine or staying indoors to watch. Thank goodness for prime-time repeats.

I wish the athletes all the best as the world turns their eyes to them. I hope that this years games go off without a hitch, and the athletes act with dignity and grace as millions of eyes look to them as role models.

Happy Olympics everyone!


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