Random Rio Reflections
Did you watch NBC's recap of Olympic Highlights last night? Did you catch any of the Closing Ceremonies? Now that the games are finished, I have some random thoughts to share:
- Despite all the fear of Zika, government problems, and financial issues, these Olympic games in Rio seem to be considered a success.
- We will always remember Rio as being the place where two of the world's greatest, Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt broke records and announced their retirements.
- When I see athletes falling, stumbling, or getting hurt, I cringe and then remember the old Olympics intro: "The thrill of victory. The agony of defeat." I can only imagine that for an athlete who gets defeated or injured but then returns to do well, the thrill of victory is then probably so much sweeter.
- Some athletes make it look so easy. I guess that's the result of years of training and unbelievable discipline.
- Brazil's men's team winning soccer was a joyful occasion. With all due respect to Team USA, there's something nice about seeing a team win in its home country.
- Aly Raisman's parents got a lot of camera time because they sit in the stands, expressing their emotions in dramatic ways. I think if I had a child competing, I would react in similar fashion.
- The Zach Efron surprise lit up the USA gymnastics team and blew up social media. Adorable.
- It looks like everyone had a lot of fun in Brazil, where they sure know how to throw a party.
Did you enjoy this year's Olympics? Do you think Phelps and Bolt will really retire or return for the next Summer Olympics?