The Olympics are over and it was a big success for many American athletes. Michael Phelps was the biggest winner with his 8 golds and the U.S. dominated in the pool. The Men’s Basketball team lived up to its nickname and redeemed itself.
But not everything went well. The Women’s Softball team saw their dominance end with a loss to Japan. The Women’s Gymnastics team failed to knock off China. Both the men and women dropped the baton in a relay race and other track stars had subpar performances.
With so many ups and downs, I have to wonder if winning or losing is the bigger story. Because Michael Phelps was so amazing and did win everything he could, he was hailed the biggest star. But had he not finished first in just one of his events, would his quest have been considered a failure?
Let’s not kid ourselves, there was a Redeem Team because the basketball team lost in 2004 in Greece, and that storyline was just as big heading into these games. And when the softball team lost, it was yet another reminder that the world eventually catches up in sports, no matter how far ahead we might start.
In this country, we tend to focus on the negative… with the news, with the weather and with sports. It’s almost like we need something to go wrong for a story to be interesting.
Perhaps we all need to adjust our focus and remember the effort is what should matter most, not the result.
THERE IT IS!