If you’ve ever been to any Olympic event, at any of the Olympic Games, you probably experienced the ‘Olympic Spirit’. Even though all the Games have been inundated with commercialism (I was at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games), to me it always seems as if something’s right with the world for a few short hours: only during the opening event (and perhaps the closing even more), however.
I get a little emotional watching all these countries carrying all these symbols. And last night with the opening of the 2006 Turino Games, there were two instances when I was choked up.
The beautiful dove and the 8 kick-ass women carrying the Olympic flag. Man, these organizers know how to play on people’s emotions!
[photos from reuters and ap]