Olympics Essay

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The Olympics should be the showcase of athletic glory. A test of what the most raw of talent can do against the rest of humanity’s best, an awe-inspiring struggle of sport that is, in most cases, a new level of physical fitness. The only problem is, most Americans just don’t get it. That’s not to say that we don’t like sports. We love sports. Peyton Manning, Tiger Woods, LeBron James and Derek Jeter are as recognizable as any celebrity in the country. The country nearly stands still for the great American sports holiday, the Super Bowl. Our newspapers, magazines and websites are chock full of sports. Our favorite clothing, food and beverages are endorsed by our sports heroes. In just about any business, you can often find multiple sports analogies. But the Olympics are different than most of the sports we watch throughout the year. There’s little monetary value for doing well in the games. Granted there is much more money to be made at this time period than was ever available in previous decades, but it is rarely a focus. What Americans are missing is what they’re not seeing. The great millionaire athletes of our time work hard at their craft, but there’s a ton of talent at work there too. They have to have that talent to sustain any longevity to continue their career, and the true greats do just that. But the Olympics is just one shot to most. One shot that is four, eight or decades in the making. Some athletes train all their life for a competition that can be over in less than 30 seconds. And that may just be qualifying. Many people think that getting to the Olympics is just a matter of getting in shape and showing up. The problem is, that is the most athletically competitive country on the planet. Opportunities for athletic greatness are endless. One’s one chance at glory usually has to be free of even the smallest mistakes, or the dream ends then and there.

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