Well, it’s that time again. Once every 4 years the world gathers together, either in person or via television to watch and experience the Olympic Games…this year from London, UK.
Do you remember the first Olympic Games that you watched and became excited about? My first one was the year that I fondly refer to as the ‘Dorothy Hamill’ Olympics in 1976 in Innsbruck, Austria. The main commentator in those days was ABC Olympic Sports Anchor, Jim McKay, who always did a fabulous job.
Then, there was the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada, which I remember as the ‘Nadia Comaneci’ Olympics. I remember watching her perform the routine that made history by earning her the first perfect ’10’ and required changing the design of the scoreboard!
…And who could forget the ‘Miracle on Ice’…the U.S.A. Hockey Team’s victory in 1980, Lake Placid, New York? I remember the commentator, shouting above the roar of the crowd, “Do you believe in miracles…YES!” as everyone went crazy with exultation at the victory.
I also fondly remember the 1984 Games in Los Angeles at which Mary Lou Retton won her gold medal (among other medals) and she also scored perfect 10’s.
Now, we come to the London Games and Gabby Douglas’ beautiful performances as well as the entire U.S.A. women’s gymnastics team winning gold! Aren’t we so proud of them?! Michael Phelps is also making history with his swimming accomplishments.
My favorite events at the summer Olympics are gymnastics (both men’s and women’s) and the diving competition because they are both so artistic. My favorite events at the winter Olympics are figure skating (both men’s and women’s), the downhill ski jump, luge, 4-man bobsled and downhill ski racing (I think that’s what it’s called).
It’s all very exciting and I always get a little bit emotional (in a good way) when the U.S.A gets gold and we get to see the medal ceremony with our National Anthem played and the expressions on the athletes’ faces and watch the awe and joy in their countenance.
What are your favorite Olympic memories?