Have I Gone Soft?

Man, I hated the Russians and the Czechoslovakians. Wanted to pulverize the Japanese, too. Don’t even get me started on the Romanians. Didn’t care for the Netherlands, either.  (still don’t know where that country is)

Then, I met some Russians and some Romanians…and they were hard to hate when face to face. Dang it!

With advancing technology, travel and relaxed borders, “It’s a small world after all” has never rung more true. The Olympic games in Sochi, Russia, feel vastly different than they did in 1980 in Lake Placid, New York.

And, much better.

Do I want America to win? Yep. Will I be chanting “USA! USA! USA!” quietly during the men’s hockey games? Yep.

But, today, my joy comes in seeing people, regardless of country or status, give their all to something they love…medal, or no medal.

Leaders are cheerleaders of the human spirit. Cheer on! (140 words)

WHAT ABOUT YOU? What is your “must see” Olympic event? What is your favorite Olympic moment? Reply below!


  1. Here’s to spirit! 🙂 Woot woot!
    As for my “must see” event…excited to watch skiing now that Toby’s on the ski team (I know nothing about gates and moguls)…but I love watching the ice dancing (as a dancer, I know it’s hard enough to do it on a floor, can’t imagine dancing on ice). 🙂

  2. Oh, wow…you and Toby gotta watch it together, he’ll love to have you share the excitement alongside him. You’re such a good mom, way to embrace your kids’ passions, not always easy. Hey, imagine how difficult it looks for us NON-dancers! I’m with you, I’m looking forward to the ice dancing, as well…just don’t tell my hockey buddies about that. Thanks for sharing, have a fabo weekend!

  3. Brent chanting quietly? I think not! But thanks for the reminder of the beauty of the human spirit! Go World!

  4. Haha! Ok, not REAL quietly…you know me well. I’m thinking of making/buying a “Go World!” bumper sticker. You, my dear, are always ahead of the curve…and that’s why I love you so.

  5. My much younger friend and I were just talking about that the day you posted this. The 80s games had such a different feel than today. Fierce competition is always more fun. Remember high school rivalries…always brought more excitement to the game. NBA…NHL…NFL players being great friends just takes the competitive edge off…thus I prefer college competition over pro. HOWEVER, when it’s the world we are talking about…the whole world in competition, I LOVE that countries appear to be more at peace. I shed a tear or two no matter which anthem is playing when I see these kids fulfilling their greatest dream.

  6. Well stated, Beckett, can’t add anything to that. And, yes, I often get “something in my eye” when the athletes step onto the medal stand. Enjoy the games and thanks for sharing!

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