Soon the whole world will be in London, England watching with the Olympic games. Thanks to modern technology, you don’t even need a ticket to see athletes compete toe to toe and head to head wearing uniforms made in China!
This summer’s Olympic games are exceptional already. For the first time, the U.S. Olympic team will have more women than men, with 269 of the 530 spots on Team USA going to women. The USOC released its official roster Tuesday, and CEO Scott Blackmun said the female majority was “a true testament to the impact of Title IX,” the law that increased opportunities for women in sports, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year.
My son is sad that the men’s soccer team failed to qualify, but my daughter is glad – In the USA, soccer has gone to the girls! Thank goodness we live in the USA and not in Saudi Arabia where, up until this year, women have been excluded from competing for their National teams.
Team USA will take center stage wearing “Made in China” apparel with the big Ralph Lauren Polo Logos, instead of clothes made by good old fashion American workers, but I guess it could be worse. Spain’s uniforms were designed by Bosco Sport, a Russian company that is doing uniforms for Russia and Ukraine. Let’s hope that even if our athletes wear uniforms made in China, they won’t fade to China in the games. All is not lost, and it appears that Ralph Lauren has agreed to make future Team USA uniforms in the USA!
Regardless of the gloom economic and weather forecast, the Olympic spirit is in the air. For two weeks, we will all be swimming, running, jumping, kicking and simply playing together as individuals, teams, families and citizens – united in our love for a good game or righteous race when athletes leave every bit of themselves on the court or in the lane. It is a thrill of seeing dreams comes true and people doing more than is humanely possible. The Olympics also help us look beyond our backyards, our borders and see the whole wide world on a more intimate level.
I have been fortunate to visit Olympic villages in Athens, Salt Lake, Vancouver and Beijing.
Ten years ago, just after the 2001 terrorist attacks, I witnessed Michael Phelps, the Wonder boy from Baltimore, win Gold medal after Gold medal swimming in Athens. In China, I was able to see Michael Phelps win a few of his 8 gold medals, but was in missed his last gold medal because of security lines which lasted over an hour. I also had a big fall on the great wall, which left me in a wheel chair. At the airport, it was difficult to wheel and carry my luggage at the same time. A young woman in line offered to help me. This young woman turned out to be Katie Ziegler, a USA swim team member who had participated in the Olympics and was on her way back from grueling losses. I am happy to report that both Phelps and Ziegler will be swimming again for Team USA.
I look forward to being able to visit the Olympic games again this summer. The rain coats and umbrella’s are packed – Fee Fi Fo Fum, ready or not London here we come!