It happens every two years, I can’t help it.
I get tired of all the advance hype about the Olympics. I resent the rampant corporatism, which undercuts the amateur nature of the contest.
And, this year, I was especially offended by that uniforms designed by Ralph Lauren and worn by Team USA in the Opening Ceremonies were made in China.
So, every two years I vow I’m not going to watch any of the Olympics. And then they’re here. And then I take a peek. And suddenly I’m hooked.
Sure, they’ve become way too Hollywood. But they’re still a great pageant, and well worth watching – and supporting.
I loved London’s Opening Ceremony: a brilliant, boasting, yet self-deprecating portrait of the UK. Where else could you see Harry Potter, Monty Python, Paul McCartney, James Bond, and the Queen on the same stage? And what other country would celebrate universal health care?
It was thrilling to watch Ryan Lochte win the Gold and Team USA trounce France in basketball. Who doesn’t love the US Women’s soccer team? And Dana Vollmer made us all proud!
So, here I am. Cheering them on again: USA! USA! USA!
That’s my parting shot for today.