If you don't know it, the title is a quote by the great athlete, Jesse Owens, speaking of his incredible performance at the 1936 Summer Olympics. And while not every event lasts only ten seconds, you understand his point. So much work for such a small moment in time.
I love the Olympics. Watch them as much as I can, wherever we are. I love seeing the different events, groan along with the athletes when they don't make the grade, and cheer when an athlete does something particularly spectacular.
I enjoy both the winter and summer games, and while I am athletic, I wouldn't call myself an athlete. To me there is a distinction. I can play baseball, football, badminton, and ping pong. I can kayak, ski, skate, and shoot both a gun and a bow. I can run distances and do hurdles. I can do just about every event possible in the Olympics. But it's not my life.
And for athletes...for Olympians it is. It's just that simple.
Along with most of the rest of the world, I watched the opening ceremonies on Friday night. I laughed at Mr. Bean's antics and grinned at Daniel Craig's Bond and the "Queen" jumping out of a helicopter.
I sat amazed at the dancing and overall light spectacle and scratched my head over the giant baby. (just what WAS that???) I cried as I watched the hand off of torches from the old guard to the new, and cheered when the USA made their presence known on the field. All 500+ of them.
I watched the faces of those athletes who were able to attend the opening ceremonies. (Personally, I think it's wrong to schedule events so late and so early so they CAN'T attend. It's part of the Olympic experience and all should be able to be there.) Each one of them had so much excitement...so much joy on their faces. To be a part of the Olympics, even once, has got to be a life changing experience.
I've read stories about those who put their hearts and souls into becoming an Olympian. And I wish, with all my soul that their experience is everything they dreamed of. The work...the sacrifice...the time away from loved ones to make it happen, those are already signs of a champion, whether they bring the medal home or not.
I honor them for that. It's certainly not something I'd want to do. I don't care enough. But they do. You can see it in their eyes. It's need, pure and simple that burns there. A need to do their best...to be the best they can be.
An Olympic Champion.
There are so many events...so many sports. And while I don't agree with all the actual "sports" they have at the Olympics, I honor those who put everything they have into whatever they do.
And isn't that what the Greeks wished for the games in the first place?
Do you have a favorite sport in the Olympics? One that makes your heart beat fast? Did you enjoy the Opening Ceremony? What did you like or dislike? Share your thoughts on the 2012 Olympics in the comments below!