Since his sudden and tragic passing in April, Randy Starkman's Olympics Blog has faithfully remained in the top left spot of my computer's web browser favourites page. We'd all grown to rely on Randy for his insight, inside scoop and eloquent storytelling of Olympic Canadiana, and it seems unjust, and impossible even, that in London his voice will be silent.
On Friday, thousands of athletes will walk down the Olympic stadium, raising their flags with pride. With more than 200 countries
The Games represent a unique opportunity for the world to share its germs and for public health officials to find a way to stem the tide of infection. The fear of germs has recently been raised to a level not seen since the days of SARS or the pandemic flu. It's now a matter of time to see whether the fears will be realized or fade away as the athletic achievements take over.
Have you stopped to think about what the true common denominator of the Olympic Games is? It is not necessarily athleticism, competition or even patriotism. It is sport. Whether at a global, national or grassroots community level, sport is a universal language that is understood by all.