It’s that time again…the red, white, and blue; the National Anthem; the cheers, tears, and hugs of athletes and fans. The Olympics are finally here, the moment when American pride always manages to reach an all-time high. I have such fond memories of the Games. Whether it was watching Kerri Strug land on one foot to win the Gold or watching Michael Phelps sprint to multiple gold medals, I have always been enthralled by the grandeur, the excitement, and the talent of American Olympic athletes. For me, I anxiously await Friday’s Opening Ceremonies.
In spite of all of this excitement and healthy competition, the world’s eyes are focused not on the athletes but on the host country: China. Human rights violations, low environmental standards, and communism all have dominated discussion before this year’s games. The Games have been surrounded by controversy, so what will this mean for this year’s Olympic events? Will there be a hotbed of political protests or will the Olympics maintain the same level of attention and enthusiasm?
We watch and wait to see how this Olympics will unfold. Regardless of the political, environmental, and moral controversies occurring right now; I am confident that the competitions and match-ups in this year’s Games will not disappoint. It is times like these, however, when our nation has a great opportunity to show the world just how wonderful it is to be an American. Seeing the tears from American athletes when the Star Spangled Banner is played lets you know that patriotism still exists. In such a politically divisive election year, the Olympics is a time for Americans to band together as one great nation.