Olympic Blog Relay: Opening Ceremonies


The Olympic flame is a powerful beacon. It’s been around since the early Greek ages. Think about that. How many other things have captivated the attention and emotion of humankind for multiple millennia?

The Olympic flame in Atlanta '96 (left) and Salt Lake City '02


In ancient times, Olympic athletes were awarded safe passage through warring territories. Today, more than 10,000 of the world’s best athletes will walk into London’s Olympic Stadium, proudly carrying the flags of their countries. All their dreams and possibilities are before them. And the script has yet to be written.

It’s the same feeling I get when I crack open a new book – I’m excited to learn about these new characters. What will they face? Will they succeed?

I don’t know yet what the ups and downs of this Olympics will be, but I know they’ll come and I know they’ll sweep me up into them.

You can’t ask for a better story than that.

Starting next week, we’ve got some amazing folks to help us harness our inspiration and motivation on this Olympic Blog Relay:

I’ll be back tomorrow to kick us off! In the meantime, what are you most looking forward to during this year’s Games?

11 comments:

  1. Hi! I'm excited for all of it -- I think the opening ceremonies are awesome, and it's cool how sports that are virtually ignored for most of the time become captivating prime-time drama during the Olympics. Unknown small-town athletes can suddenly become overnight international stars -- how great is that?!

    Looking forward to both the Olympics and this blog relay!

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    1. I agree! It's an incredible combination!

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  2. What those athletes go through to train is incredible. Looking forward to watching the games!

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    1. I have so much respect for them.

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  3. Blog Relay? Sounds interesting... I'll have to keep tabs on this...

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  4. A blog relay is a really interesting idea. You, clever girl! I don't know what about the Olympics excites us so very much, but every four years I find myself following them and now even my kids, five and seven, are fans. There's something in the idea of playing sports on such a level that involves the whole world that makes us dream of altruism, honor, peace, and a world united for something good. I just hope the spirit could last more that 16 days every four years.

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    1. Yes, yes, yes! So true about the spirit of the Games.

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  5. I'm looking forward to my leg of the relay!! :)

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  6. Very exciting! It is currently 45 minutes before Opening Ceremonies. I can't wait

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