Winter Olympic Games 2018
A week into the PyeongChang games in South Korea already!
Given that it is four years between the Games, it seems incredible that already
we are celebrating another group of athletes as they give their all, hoping for that elusive Gold medal.
The Winter Games are always interesting to watch especially as Countries in the warm, Southern Hemisphere, have athletes competing in sports that cannot even be done at home.
For the host Country, they have spent a colossal amount of money, first bidding to be
selected and then building all the venues needed for each sport. Behind it all they obviously hope the investment will generate tourism dollars into their economy as well. It is after all a business.
After the games end, they are left with amazing training facilities or for the ones not needed, they are removed and reuse the land.
But for two weeks you cannot take the smile off their faces as they showcase their Country.
Regardless of what Country you are from or cheer for, you have to admire the people
giving everything they have to win.
How many of us would have the dedication to their sport to train hours a day, suffer
serious injuries just in training and yet do the rehab and start again. Their focus on the goal is inspiring to say the least. It would be so easy to just give up.
One athlete who fell and lost her dream at these games in aerials said you train for four years, three seconds in the air and at four stores height. She is already thinking about the next Winter Games in Beijing.
All of us could take a page out of their “Book” and do likewise in whatever it is that we do.
They carry themselves with pride as they represent their Country along with the hopes, dreams and expectations of their Nation.
It is heart breaking to see a tumble on the ski slope, a missed compulsory in figure skating, or just wiping out on that last attempt and knowing your dream has vanished.
But the younger athletes just say they will start working towards the next games four years from now.
There should be a special medal just for that.