February 22, 2018
By: Erica Rose
The Winter Olympics are already more then a week underway, and sadly I must admit that I haven’t watched much, not nearly as much as the Summer Olympics (although I do not make those a priority either). Why? Well I’m not quite sure. Maybe it’s that I have more of an interest in the summer sports. Maybe it’s because I am too busy chasing around two little kids. No matter what the reason, am I missing out? I wonder how many people actually get into the Olympics? I probably should make it an effort to watch more. I mean think about it, these are some of the best athletes in the world competing against each other in a chance of a lifetime. They have sacrificed their time, their bodies, basically their lives in order to achieve this level of success that millions of people do not even recognize until the Olympics roll around. Talk about a dedicated athlete. They work their entire lives for the opportunity to be an Olympic medalist. Some of them will be standing on the podium, but many more will not. But as the saying goes, “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” right?
These athletes who have sacrificed countless hours do it for themselves. No one else. They will never be a Lebron James. They will never get paid like him either. Instead they are out there sacrificing their bodies for a chance to say, “I am an Olympic Gold Medalist.” There is a lot to say about this type of person.
For a few years I was the sideline reporter at the Velodrome. I had the opportunity to meet several past, present, and aspiring Olympians. I saw first hand the hard work and dedication these athletes had. There is no time for much else.
So maybe I am missing out.
Maybe I should make sure I watch and appreciate what these athletes are doing.