Olympic Fever
Published on August 5, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about my love for the Olympics.

Here's an excerpt:

"I happened to be home when the Olympics started.

'Might as well watch the Parade of Nations,' I thought and flipped on the TV.

There they were: the athletes from every corner of the globe, marching into the Olympic Stadium, waving flags, smiling, taking pictures and looking absolutely delighted to be there. The procession is always an impressive reminder of how big and diverse the world is, with little-known nations such as Andorra and Tuvalu joining heavyweights such as the U.S., China, Japan, Russia and Great Britain.

I didn’t intend to watch the entire parade but quickly got sucked in. I’d been planning to watch a movie but couldn’t quite bring myself to turn off the parade, and eventually I’d watched so much of it that I decided the movie could wait until after the athletes from the U.S. made their appearance. (Because the nations enter the stadium alphabetically, it takes a while to get to the U.S.)

A quick glance at Facebook revealed that a lot of people were less than impressed with the opening ceremony, but I actually enjoyed it — the excellent use of British rock music (I loved the fact that the British athletes marched in to David Bowie’s 'Heroes') and the weird and somewhat garish set pieces.

When it comes to the Olympics, my inner critic flies out the window. Sure, there’s stuff to criticize. But I can’t quite bring myself to do it. I’d even go so far as to argue that the event’s flaws are part of what makes it great."

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