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?