With the Olympics already technically underway, one cannot help but begin to feel the ultimate pride for their respective country. The Olympics truly takes place on a global stage that provides even the most casual of sports fans with an awesome spectacle that only comes around once every four years. This installment of the Olympics is already boasting with storylines and could potentially be another great showing for the Americans.
One of the biggest story lines will take place in the pool. Michael Phelps will yet again seek to dominate the Olympics and obtain as many gold medals as possible.
This time will be different though because Phelps has some real competition in the form of fellow American Ryan Lochte. Lochte has beaten Phelps before and has the best chance of dethroning the former golden boy of American swimming. Their relationship as both teammates and competitors will be sure to draw the eyes of everyone.
USA Basketball will also go for the gold once again at the Olympics. Basketball is continually evolving into a global sport but the Americans are still by far the universal favorite. This team has sparked a recent debate on who is actually the best team of all time.
This 2012 version of the dream team has publically admitted that they feel they could defeat the original 1992 dream team that sported some of the best players of all time.
Still this argument remains irrelevant unless USA Basketball can capture the gold medal once again. They face fierce competition from Argentina and Spain but they have no reason to not win the gold.
There are vast amounts of other storylines that will continue to unravel in the coming weeks. The USA Women’s soccer team will try to avenge their FIFA World Cup loss to Japan. On the men’s side, Spain will attempt to win the gold medal with the hopes that they can continue to win every major tournament on the planet.
Then there is Usain Bolt. Bolt is track and field. He is the most notable figure in the sport and could potentially be the fastest man on Earth. How will he comeback in this Olympics after dominating in 2008? That remains to be seen but rest assured the world will be watching.
The Olympics truly is the greatest sporting event. It compiles athletes all around the world to compete on a global stage for all to see. There is something very different about rooting for your country.
For a few weeks every four years we all forget about our attachments to something like our favorite baseball team or preferred soccer club. We instead take pride in our country and watch as athletes compete against the best in the world.
I personally feel the most compelling part of the Olympics is the unforgettable moments that take place. These athletes train their whole lives for these events. If an athlete is lucky enough to qualify for the Olympics, they might never get that chance again. Very few Olympians compete in multiple Olympics.
I can’t imagine the pressure these athletes must feel. They are no longer just representing themselves, but are competing for their country. If they win, they will be forever revered by their fellow countrymen. If they perform poorly, they may never get a shot ever again to prove themselves.
The Olympics is much more than an athletic competition. London will become the center of the world as people from all around will tune in. Champions will be crowned while others will likely be disappointed because their best effort just was not enough. I can’t wait to watch because there will certainly be moments that we will never forget.