It makes me smile when business people from all areas are putting work aside to gather around Twitter feeds, streaming feeds, and boardroom TVs to watch our athletes compete. I think it’s wonderful that schools are allowing our kids to watch or listen to our athletes compete during the day. I love that the school curriculum allows for assignments, projects and discussions based on past, current and future Olympic athletes.
Our constantly changing and ever more present social media has allowed anyone who wants to to be kept up to date by the second. And the message that is being shared is a positive one. Our athletes are supporting, encouraging, and assisting one another and those from other countries. There are so many happy stories coming through the wire and it’s nice to see our Olympians setting such good examples for our next round of competitors.
I was concerned about the safety of everyone in Sochi based on media reports leading up to the games. And then there were reports of less than ideal living conditions for some of the athletes. But the overall message is that good sportsmanship is rampant and I think that’s a bigger, more important message. The fact that we have so many options to choose from for the flag bearer during the closing ceremonies on Sunday means that our Canadians have shone and fought hard and made us all very proud.
At the time of the writing of this blog Brad Jacobs and his team have just won Canada another gold medal. I’m not sure what our men’s hockey team will do this afternoon, but I do know that there are an awful lot of school children who are thrilled to bits that buses were cancelled today! How great for them to be able to gather around the TV and cheer on their role models! So, regardless of what happens this afternoon and over the next two days, Canada is already at the top of the medal count as far as I’m concerned. I’m proud of our athletes for working so hard just to get to the Olympics. Medals are just a bonus!
Go Canada Go!