Getting excited for the Olympics

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It’s less than two weeks away and I for one am getting really excited about the Olympics, in Rio this year. 4 years ago the Olympics was in my home country and the only disappointment that I have, is that I didn’t get or apply for any tickets to go, as looking back on it, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

I don’t think there is any sports competition on this planet that comes anywhere close to the Olympics in stature, magnitude and meaningfulness. Yes there is the World Cup, The SuperBowl etc. etc. but the Olympics are something very special. I believe that there is no greater accomplishment in sport than winning an Olympic Gold Medal. Being an Olympic Gold Medalist sets you apart and makes you very special indeed.

Feel Good factor

In 2012 the Olympics brought a feel good factor to the whole of the UK. Not just for the two weeks of the competition but for the build up as well, as the Olympic Torch proceeded throughout the country, with everyone being able to touch and feel the brand of the Olympics. The other night my wife and I watched the opening ceremony from 2012 again and it just took us back to the experience of the last Olympics, where we were and what we were doing.

Although we have the time difference to contend with I am looking forward to getting caught up in Olympics fever again, watching as much as I can on the TV and being inspired by the events that I watch. I don’t remember being as in to the Olympics when I was a kid as I am now, but I hope I can pass on my enthusiasm now to my children and that they enjoy the Olympics growing up.

Going down in history

Regardless of what happens each Olympics always goes down in history, with many conversations across the globe starting with “do you remember when.” Not only do you have that but you also have footage from the history of the Olympics that is used in many TV programmes and a lot of news coverage for decades and centuries to come.

I will be watching avidly at home, enjoying watching history being made and being inspired by the amazing competition that unfolds. So much seems to divide our world at the moment, so never has there been a better time for the Olympics, an event that brings the world together.

A Loss For The World To See

Recently Brazil lost 7 -1 against Germany in the football World Cup in their own home country, in the semi-finals. Now before the tournament if you said Brazil would lose in the semi-final you would say that was a good prediction going on form and the number of other top teams in the tournament. Brazil losing in the semi-finals could have been a moment for them to go out with their heads held high but because of the score line they couldn’t. In the World Cup knockout stages winning by 1 goal or 6 changes nothing as both will see you either going onwards or going home depending what end of the score line you were on. So why should a score line matter?

They lose 1 game out of 6 they played and Brazil are humiliated. Based on just over 90 minutes of football on one day they are ridiculed. If it had happened in a friendly or a qualifier it would have been less of an event but because it happened in the world cup and in their own country the game was magnified beyond all normal levels.

You can look at the team I support Arsenal and look at the 6 and 5 goal thumping’s they had against Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City, or you can look at their first trophy win in 9 years. I think when things like this happens it really brings in to contrast what we deem as success and what we deem as failure.

For countless hours football teams and players train to try and win games of football. They dedicate every facet of their life to it in some cases but all the fans see is the time on the pitch. For all but the 90 minutes of the game they players may have done everything right but nobody judges them on that.

I think as a fan of a team and just in life in general that we define in our own heads what we think success is. This case would seem to show that failures get more attention than successes which I think is a shame as I think we should aspire more people to succeed than scaring them of failing.