It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 4 yrs since the last Summer Olympic Games opened in Beijing, China on 08/08/08. This year, nearly 5100 miles to the west, London, England is set to play host to the Games of the XXX Olympiad, which will open on July 27th.
From the Opening Ceremonies on July 27th to the Closing Ceremonies on August 12th all eyes will be on London for the following 17 days. The world’s best athletes will come together and compete for Gold in 26 sports, which include 39 disciplines. While sadly baseball and softball have been dropped from the games, Women’s Boxing has finally made its way into the games and was the only new sport to be added.
From around the world, 154 nations have currently qualified at least one athlete to compete in the games. Many of these athletes have worked their entire lives to compete on this famous stage. Some of them overcoming huge physical and financial barriers to qualify and follow their dreams. For a majority of them, the reach for gold will fall short, but even so, these athletes will take away with them something very special. They have earned the right to call themselves an Olympian. Which is one of the greatest honors in competitive sports. Something most of us can only dream of achieving.
It would be a dream for me to make it to London as a spectator. I would take my I love London hoodie with me, and wear it with pride inside the indoor stadiums, and have as many Olympians as I could find, sign it. I know what you’re thinking, that’s crazy, like I’d be able to find an Olympian to sign my hoodie. But realistically I probably would be able to find them.
When I was at the 2004 Olympics in Greece, they were everywhere. The Russian Women’s Gymnastics team walked right in front of me and a Platform Diver from Australia was on the same tour of Athens as I was, and I even had drinks with a Peruvian rower at the Olympic Village. So I know I might cross paths with some Olympians, but whether they would actually sign my hoodie is another thing entirely. I can dream too, ya know.