We’re all athletes now

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Beginning with tonight’s opening ceremonies, and continuing over the course of the next sixteen days, some of the world’s best athletes will perform as the 2018 Winter Olympic Games get under way.

In that short span of time, total strangers will work their way into our hearts and become household names. And in the years to come, we’ll long remember them, just as we currently recall past winter Olympians who left their marks on Olympic history—the heart of the Jamaican Bobsled Team, the US Hockey Team’s iconic victory, Shaun White’s snowboarding skills—even the Kerrigan/Harding scandal. And on the list goes.

Their stories of both adversity and triumph will give us a glimpse inside the power of the human body and spirit. They will ignite a spark that fuels the hopes and dreams of tomorrow’s medalists.

I suspect there are times in all our lives when we dream of becoming an Olympian.

I had those dreams myself. Not a dream as in a goal, but a dream as in I was asleep. And then I woke up. Meaning the closest I came to being an Olympic athlete was when Dorothy Hamill and I shared the same haircut.

No matter, though. Through the course of the next 16 days, we’ll all be athletes in our own rights—armchair Olympians if you will. Our vocabularies will expand as evidence of our temporary expertise, and we’ll drop words like hog line, skeleton, double cork, and body check at every given opportunity.

We’ll see how many times we can fit triple lutz into our daily conversations.

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We’ll exchange phrases like “did you see how much height on that double axel?”, “that was clearly icing,” and “they’re gonna have to step up their program if they want to take gold.”

We’ll gasp at every never-before-tried feat, cringe with every fall, and ruthlessly score each performance from the comfort of our La-Z Boy recliner.

For two weeks and change, we’ll all be athletes—at least in spirit—as we witness what it truly means to go for the gold. I don’t know about you, but I can hardly wait.

Will you be watching? If so, what’s your favorite sport? 

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