So why are the Olympics so appealing? For me, it is partially due to a competitive nature that attracts me to even the most obscure of contests; think the opening round of table tennis. But it's more than that. I have always been a sucker for pageantry and story-lines. For suspense and achievement. For learning something new, (quick, name the five events in the Pentathlon), and expanding my horizons. I appreciate seeing the 'best of the best' gathered in one place, regardless of political or socioeconomic differences. Where else is it possible to hold an Iranian vs. Israeli wrestling match, or to recognize Jamaican bobsledders!
Alright, time to check out the schedules, confirm the popcorn and Diet Pepsi supply and get ready to keep track of the medal counts. I, for one, am ready to let the games begin!