I watched the closing ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics with mixed emotions. My first emotion was, “Whew…now I can get back to getting a decent night’s sleep.” The problem was I became addicted to watching the “games”. How addicted? When I would finally decide to turn out the lights for slumber, I would spend the next hour attempting to chase the awesome images of the past three hours out of my sleep deprived mind.
The next emotion was sorrow because I truly do enjoy watching these elite athletes compete against each other in the name of “global brotherhood”. Where else can we see the USA, Russia, Turkey, Britain, Iran, Afghanistan…in heated competition, with pride and egos at stake, without the destruction of mankind?
The Olympics have a way of allowing the world to compete on an equal playing field and in the end; we shake hands, pat each other on the back, and say, “See you in four years”. I think our global leaders could take a lesson from these young athletes. Still, I guess it is easy for me to feel this way when America did so well this time around. Here was the latest medal count as of this writing:
- United States = 46/Gold 29/Silver 29/Bronze Total/104
- China = 38/Gold 27/Silver 22/Bronze Total/87
- Russia = 29/Gold 16/Silver 19/Bronze Total/64
(I just raised my hand and asked for a “high five”…)
To see all the countries and their medal count, visit the website below. Thank you London and thank you Great Britain for an outstanding job! See you in four years…