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Let The Games Begin

My suspicion is that some of you read that title and groaned. The Olympics! Here, on the Salsa Amigos blog! Can't I escape from it anywhere! Groan, moan, groan some more!!! Others read it and look forward to watching the Winter Games. Perhaps some of you even feel a twinge of excitement.

The Olympics have in many ways become another of the love it or hate it things in this world. Much like the Superbowl perhaps, except that the Olympics goes on much longer. I think perhaps it is partly due to the increased cynicism in our society today. And partly due to the fact that many people are just not willing to accept something and enjoy it.

Now for me...well I guess I love it.

In 1988, the Summer Games were held in Korea. I happen to have grown up there (my parents were Lutheran missionaries there) and I graduated from college that same summer. I wound up working the games for NBC. Actually, I worked for them for 3 months leading up to the games, and then one month after the games as well.

The crew I worked with put in all the audio and video cables for the television coverage at each venue. We had passes that allowed us to get in to the venues during the Games.

That opening ceremony in '88 was a highlight for me. I stood and watched and had to fight back the tears actually because I was so proud of Korea. So proud of that opening ceremony. It celebrated their culture, their history, and their people. It was an incredibly emotional experience for me.

So when the opening ceremony for the Vancouver Winter Olympics takes place tonight, I'll be watching. I'm hoping to see Canadians take pride in their country and display it for the world to see.

Then, during the next couple weeks, I'll watch great athletes compete on a worldwide stage. Some of those athletes are living large all year long. Others are truly just regular folks who are the best at their somewhat freaky, oddball sport. That is the beauty of it in a nutshell for me.

I'll take the good and the bad of this Winter Games and take it for what it's worth: a chance to see some of the world's best athletes put on one hell of a show. Money, sponsorship, corruption, and green-ness be damned. Let me see the best compete in the sport that they love.

Enjoy the Games. -Kid

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Mike Riemer

I love being outside. I prefer to ride on dirt. Or snow. If I was born a hundred years earlier I might have been a polar explorer. There's a great natural world out there to see, smell, taste, listen to, and experience. Life slows down out there and the distractions we've created will disappear if you let them. Give me a backpack and let me go.

COMMENTS (3)

 Jerry |

well said.  maybe one of these years they'll have a snowbike event.

 MG |

that'd be cool… 

i'm watching the games too.  well, when i'm not riding, that is.

 Hollis |

I was just watching the biathlon and share your sentiments Kid how so many under-the-radar athletes are out there doing what they love; biathlon looks so primitive with cross country skiers donning rifles slung across their back versus, say, snowboard halfpipe or moguls but I love each and every one.

Too bad the Vancouver Winter Olympics opened on a sad note with the luger killed in training but the Games' motto speaks to always pushing the limits: Citius, Altius, Fortius (Swifter, Higher, Stronger).

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