Bringing Home the Gold #jimmyfallon #sochiolympics

In the current Sochi Olympics, I wonder what causes more fear and tumbles: coming back to defend your title, or having won a recent world championship? I have seen so many athletes crumble during the pressure of both. I can’t imagine how bad that feels for a competitor to come in 10th after winning the gold in the past.

For whatever reason and no matter what happens, lose or win, at the end of the day, we all get to see the ever-famous “medal count” board. Last night, United States was ahead in total medals. Why, exactly, does that make me feel good?

I want the best to win, but my sincerest thoughts say, if the U.S. isn’t in contention, I don’t want to watch the sport. What a ridiculous feeling! I can’t seem to justify it in my own mind. With my personality, I’m more inclined to be hoping Jimmy Fallon, who has won TV’s gold medal show, has a long go of it on The Tonight Show than wish a Russian competitor fall in the free skate so that a U.S. skater can win. Where is the justification for my kind of Olympic belief? I don’t like myself when I feel this way.

I guess, when all is said and done, I love my America! Honoring your nation with hope is a good thing. I can see the proud faces of the men and women bringing home gold medals. The achievement wasn’t just for themselves. They won for their country too. The “National Anthem” plays as the American flag flies high. The winners mouth the words. The tender moment often brings tears to my eyes and sometimes laughter when they forget the words.

I often wonder why the television station spends so much time showing us the biographies of the people competing, only to show a great deal less of the actual competition. When I’m truly into a sport, this usually pisses me off. But, again, at the end of the day, once I’ve heard the story of all the trials it took to overcome adversity to get to the Olympics, I was glad I watched the bios, especially if the person in the biography wins the medal.

Bringing home the gold holds a great place in all of our hearts. But can we also find it in our hearts to honor those who simply made it to the Olympics and are not the stars? Again, if you were watching Jimmy Fallon this premiere week, and he featured all of the Olympic losers, would you tune in? I’m not sure if I would. But, I bet the stories of lives changing and worlds turned upside down as a result of losing make for a much more realistic view of life.

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