My first Olympic memory is Mary Lou Retton winning gold for the US. She was recovering from an injury and managed to get TWO perfect 10s. She is still the only American to win the gold in the gymnastics all-around. Bela Karolyi became a name that even a 6-year-old in rural Indiana knew. I never got to take formal lessons, but Mary Lou certainly inspired hours of flipping through our house and at every school recess.
We don’t yet know the stories of this year’s Olympics and Olympians. Although we can be confident, another Retton will emerge in one of the events. Some athletes will have overcome insurmountable odds to even be competing. Others will come from war-torn countries, cheering for their Olympian providing a break from bleak reality. There will be happy tears for unexpected wins and tears of heartbreak for dreams dashed. That’s the Olympics.
What is your favorite Olympic story?
We are on the cusp of the Rio Summer Olympics; opening ceremonies will take place tonight. This Olympics has already been heavily covered in the media - highlighting fear of the Zika Virus and the impression the city is ill prepared to host an event of this magnitude. Time will tell if these concerns will be part of the ultimate legacy of these games or not.
For the many (most) of us who cannot bend our schedules to align with all of our favorite events, here’s some fun ways to stay connected:
- Bookmark Bing: The search engine will be largely focused on making the most of the games – using an algorithm to help prioritize must-watch events and to tout outcomes.
- Download the App: The Rio 2016 app will help to ensure you don’t miss a moment of the action, wherever your travels may take you.
- Chart the Course: Print a blank medal chart. Make your guesses and track the actual. Lots of versions available if you just Google Olympic medal chart.
- Set your DVR: the schedule is already on nbcolympics.com (which will also be broadcasting the full games in the US).
- Live Stream: When you do have a moment, you can easily live stream any time from your phone or other device.
- Compare and Contrast: Olympics.org has this and every event from the past listed with results.
The Olympics provides 17 days of many of our favorite things – incredible athletes, compelling stories and a chance to cheer loud and proud for the great US of A. May our athletes fare well, everyone stay safe and you keep up on the games, even from the road.
As always, I look forward to hearing what you think of this article and what else you would like to see in this spot.
Take care of yourself and drive home safely,