Can you imagine an Olympics effort that fosters the depth and breadth of talent of our young people, of young people all over the world, who may see better than we do, into the flaws of our world, and what it would take to put it together?
As an Olympian, I can tell you that nothing quite prepares you for what it is like to compete at the Olympic Games. Perhaps that is why far and few athletes medal at their very first Olympic Games. When it comes to the Olympic Games, be prepared to observe three types of medalists. The first medalist is your favoured athlete, the second your veteran, and the third -- wildcard!
Measures being taken to prevent misuse of the Olympic designation are intriguing, appalling and hilarious. Fines for abuse can total $30,000. There's the 81-year-old grandmother who made tiny sweaters with the Olympic logo for dolls selling for the equivalent of $1.63, proceeds going to a church charity. And the florist rebuked for arranging flowers with the colours of the Olympic rings. Off with their heads!
The British opening ceremony was a total rejection of each and every one of the traits seen at the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony . It was humorous, self deprecating, soft, whimsical and creative.
Although the Olympic Games often bring a sense of unity, patriotism and heightened national pride, it also causes a rise in human sex trafficking as the market demand for sexual labour increases dramatically. I commend the British Government for the steps they're taking to help tackle human trafficking concerns and applaud them for appointing a police commissioner to deal exclusively with trafficking during the Games. But the sad reality is that women and girls will still be sexually exploited on the streets of London.
I've always understood that women don't need to stop playing sports just because they want to have children, just because they want to start a family. They can absolutely do both. And, contrary to popular belief, their bodies can handle it.
While we have a hard time getting into some Olympic sports, we do enjoy spectating at sports bars during the Olympics. We aren't ashamed to admit that in our minds, the games provide for three solid weeks of competitive man-hunting.
In the first few days of the London Olympics, we get fresh reminders that it is a political as well as athletic event. See what games were being played this week -- in London and around the world.
As a child growing up, before I became an Olympian myself, way before the current age of technology which brings the world's borders closer together in an instant, I remember there was one event every four years that did that very same thing. Every four years, the Olympic Games, both summer and winter, brought the world together in peace.
The Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympics will be staged tonight starting at 8:12 p.m. London time.
On July 27, a torch will enter the Olympic Stadium in London, and that flame represents more than just the commencement of a global athletic tradition dating back centuries.
Now that the cauldron will soon be lit in London, let us dwell on the history and true essence of the Olympic Flame.
When you watch the Olympics in the next 14 days and feel inspired, think about what it is that moves you. Then realize this: It doesn't really matter. Just get moving!
How ironic! The global event that showcases the fittest people on the planet is bankrolled -- to the tune of about $4 billion -- by companies whose foods undermine our health.
Whether you'll be following along on the TV, Internet or sidelines, what better way to hype yourself up for the 2012 Summer Olympics than to marvel at its massiveness?
Britain has launched its largest peacetime security operation ever for the Summer Olympics. Nearly 20,000 armed personnel are now providing security -- almost double the number of British troops currently serving in Afghanistan.