I am proud to say that I was one of the estimated 4 billion viewers who were watching the Olympic Games.
It was amazing to see how dedicated these athletes were, being a winner involves giving everything you’ve got. Vince Lombardi, the great coach wrote, “if winning isn’t everything then why do we keep score?”
Athletes are getting stronger, faster and younger. Most of them have a nutritionist who finds the right diet for each one of them. They even have a sport psychologist who said the good ones are not afraid to fail.
Michael Jordon is one of those he wrote, “I’ve missed more than 900 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. I have failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”
The USA has always had outstanding athletes: Jesse Owens took home his fourth gold medal at the Berlin Olympics in 1936. During the 4x100 meter relay, Owens and his teammates scored an incredible time of 39.8 seconds – a world record they held for 20 years. Bruce Jenner, now stepdad to the Kardashians, took home the gold medal for his decathlon competition in 1976 at the Montreal Olympics. The star athlete beat the Soviet favorite and set a new world record when he scored 8,617 points.
This year it was Michael Phelps and a long list of winners.
I will miss all the excitement and anticipation of the past two weeks. I must say the athletes did the USA proud, not only by their fierce competiveness but their sportsmanship and a dedication to the USA.