London, England. The Summer Olympics inspire fans no matter what the sport. How many times in your life have you watched archery or fencing? How about swimming and gymnastics? Most people would say only during the Olympics. Over the weekend I found myself on the edge of my seat as the U.S. Archery team faced Italy in the team final. I have to admit this is the first time I have ever watched archery and I marveled at the focus it takes to merely pull the string back and release the bow. The gold came down to a single point with Italy needing to hit a bulls eye and score 10 points. The anchor of the Italian team took aim, shot and hit a ten. Even though the U.S. finished second with the silver medal I found myself engrossed in the excitement.
The Olympics are a celebration of physical and mental feats that most of us can only dream of. Over the weekend the women had qualifying for the individual medal rounds. The U.S. favorite was Jordyn Weiber coming in as the World Champion in the individual competition. She failed to nail one of the 2 spots each team receives. Emotionally spent Jordan cried openly at the disappointment and struggled to keep herself together as the press interviewed Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas and looks to use that emotion to help the U.S. push to win the team gold. With favorite China being questioned for drug testing, the U.S. women need to keep focused and push for gold.
With sports such as rowing, boxing, water polo and canoeing taking the back seat to swimming and basketball, the U.S. has a very strong team in many sports the average sport fan doesn’t watch. Everyone looks forward to seeing LeBron James and Kevin Durant lead the U.S. men’s basketball team to gold and the battle between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte battle for swimming supremacy. I encourage everyone to take a look at these other sports and to become a fan of the sports that are on the edge of American interest. So many sports and so little time may force many to watch only the prime time sports but set your DVR during the day and watch some of the different sports many of us are not familiar with.
Denver Sports Chat – Kris Loco