10 August 2008

3:08:24 -- What it is all about!!!

Current mood: triumphant

I just watched Team USA Swimmers shatter a world record and win a race they were not supposed to win!  4 American swimmers just swam the best race of their lives.  And as the world watched LIVE -- they earned the Gold Medal -- more importantly -- they earned the right to hear the national anthem played in their honour.

I am not known for my patriotism.  Still, during the Olympics -- I feel such a sense of pride in our athletes.  And last night when Phelps took his first gold, the tears in his eyes broke any shell of cynicism.  Then tonight, to see him cheering his relay team on, I am overwhelmed by it all. 

When Jason Lezak touched that wall 4 seconds ahead of the prior world record -- I literally cheered out loud.  I was jumping up and down and screaming.  What an amazing opportunity for the 32 year old Team USA captain.  He is the only male American swimmer over 30 to compete for a medal this Olympiad. 

And now, as I watch them get their gold medals -- and as I see those 4 men stand there, with their hands over their hearts, while the US flag is lifted and the anthem is playing -- I am speechless.  They are the best in the world -- and they have done us proud.

Eidetic Vision

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