August 6, 2012
I think it's curious how every four years the world pauses for a couple of weeks to pay rapt attention to a litany of sports that most people never give a second though for 3.989 years. Then, suddenly every sport is of world wide importance, except baseball and golf.
Are the Olympic sports more compelling simply because they are all crammed together in a two week orgy of competition? That's not a bad thing, but why else would one ever sit in front of a t.v. and watch race walking any other time? Or be covered by goose bumps from the drama of heavy weight lifting by people you've never heard of? How does one get into fencing to begin with, for pete's sake?
The drama is certainly heightened by the fact that we're all in there together, virtually every nation, putting our differences aside, competing without bloodshed. Maybe the Olympics are most valuable for giving us hope, and that can't be anything but a positive these days.