Archive for August 16th, 2008


Why do you watch the Olympics, Blake?

Why do I watch the Olympics?

Nights like this one.

There’s something to be said for achievement. For dedication. For the spirit of competition. There’s something to be said for watching the best in the world compete against one another. And there’s something to be said for watching a competitor like Michael Phelps.

The Olympics are not just about the event, it’s also about the story behind it. The hard work it took the athletes to get there, the way they’re working to make their mark in the world, the way they’re fighting to prove themselves against the greatest competitors on Earth. Michael Phelps’ story has been an incredible one. For decades now, the same record of 7 Gold Medals in a single Olympics has stood. Tonight — or, rather, tomorrow morning in Beijing — Phelps swam his final race in this games, a four-man relay that depended not only on his own near-superhuman prowess, but also on the skill, hard work, and talent of his three teammates.

And they made it.

Why do I watch the Olympics? Because it’s worth it to see someone do something that has never before been done in the history of the world.

Go ahead and cheer, Michael. You’ve earned it.

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