The Olympic Version of Accountability

Olympic.ringsWe don’t know about you, but we are Olympic junkies!  Really, we love all the different sporting events and we really love all the back stories of the athletes. Some of them are teary-making; what they or their families have overcome just to be able to be there.  Even without obstacles, just making it to that level of their sport is beyond comprehension to most of us.

Olympians teach us so much more than about athleticism.  They teach us about how to be more accountable in the world we live in. Yes, there have been a few bad examples we can learn from (we’re deliberately not talking about them!), and there always will be.  But there are so many more great examples of things like global relations, racial relations, religious acceptance, sexual orientation acceptance…they demonstrate the great potential of all the rich diversity that makes up our world, and the true spirit of competition and sportsmanship. Here are some of our favorites.

South Korea’s Lee Eun Ju and North Korean gymnast Hong Un Jong,  took a selfie together as they prepared to compete.

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Competing athletes can be friends, and can push each other to greatness.   Doesn’t it make you happy to see the smiles on the faces of Usain Bolt and Andre De Grasse as each pushes the other?

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It doesn’t matter what race you are, what religion you practice, or the culture in which you were raised.  Whether it’s the diversity in the U.S. Gymnastic Team…

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or, Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first Muslim woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States.

The Olympics is about all of us and can bring out the best in us.  There is no better example of the true spirit of competition… what the Olympics really stand for…than this.  By now, you’ve all seen the story of New Zealand athlete Nikki Hamblin and the USA’s Abbey D’Agostino.  Tumbling to the track, helping each other to get up and amazingly, getting to the finish line.  You can read more of this story here.

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We hope the spirit of the Olympics lives on beyond the Olympics.  There are some that say we can’t get along, that we should be wary of people who are not like us, but they need to step aside and let the young athletes show us the way.