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The Olympics

February 12, 2010

Tonight marks the beginning of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. I love watching the Olympics when it comes around every two years. Countries from all over the world gather in peace and have a friendly competition of the purest kind: sport.

It’s thrilling to watch the amazing athletes strive toward their childhood dreams of Olympic gold. They are on the world stage with the chance to be the very best. They have the support of a whole nation behind them. It must be an awesome experience to take part in the opening and closing ceremonies as well.

I visited the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado for four days in August this past summer for the F.L.A.M.E. (Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere) program. I don’t really know what it was, but I felt an immense feeling of inspiration, greatness, and national pride there. I got the opportunity to stay in dorms and be around some our nation’s best athletes.

Walking among all the statues and photos of past U.S. greats was truly amazing. To cap off the week, all of the program’s college participants ran a short Olympic torch relay that finished with us lighting the cauldron on top of one of the center’s buildings. I’ll never forget my time there.

Before I left, I got a shirt that says the Olympic motto, Citius, Altius, Fortius, which means “Faster, Higher, Stronger” in Latin. Very inspirational words from a very inspirational place.

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