Olympics are over but a Generation of Gymnasts + Swimmers was born.
August 27, 2008

The Olympic Games are over and we are now faced with another overload of reality shows (thanks I’ll pass).

We’ll be looking back to these games as the turning point on various levels for the rest of our lives. 

It’s when a generation of kids, the world over, decided that they wanted to be gymnasts and follow in the footsteps of the amazing American duo of the graceful Nastia Liuken and daring Shawn Johnson, Sandra Izbaza of Romania and Yang Yilin of China.

These girls performed at such a high level at these Olympics. I’m sure there will be many kids aiming to win Gold in Gymnastics at the Olympics.

Obviously pools the world over will be getting a work out as kids will want to be like Mike all over again. This time it will be Michael Phelps instead of Michael Jordan (he’s still amazing but most of todays kids never saw him at his peak.) 

Mr. Phelps defied the odds and won an Olympic record of 8 gold medals. I’d been hearing about the Spitz record of 7 every 4 years of my life when the summer olympics were on tv. It will be amazing to see if anyone will ever break this record.

The attitude of all these athletes set them apart and will help the accomplishments become part of the folklore of the Olympic Games. The desire to compete mixed with the will to train all coming together to win by the smallest of margins.

Shawn Johnson showed great sportsmanship, she’s a true American Sweetheart.
August 19, 2008

In defeat, Shawn Johnson showed the true character of the best sportsmen in Olympic history. She’s a genuine American Sweetheart. At the exact moment she realized that her dream of Olympic Gold in the floor exercise would not come true she reacted with the class to smile and graciously hug her competition after the scores posted. As she won her 3rd silver, this time individually on the floor exercise Shawn Johnson left an impression of a true Olympic champion that will far outlast the recollection of who won what at this summers games. Thanks for demonstrating great athletic ability and strength of character, two of Americas greatest traits visible for the world to see. I hope she wins Gold in her next event.