OK. Now it’s the final day…

The athletes at the Olympics are the best in the world. the best out of 8 billion people. That’s not to bad. I thought I was good after coming in 2942 of 40 000 at the Chicago Marathon many years back. It is an honor for these athletes to be representing their countries, and I saw nothing but respect and sportsmanship from and for them.

One incident did bother me though.

I was watching the 10 000m women’s track final. The 10k runner from the Netherlands collapsed to the ground after winning and called for water and ice. Not once, not twice, not even three times. It seemed like forever as you could see and hear the frustration in her face and voice. she banged her hand on the ground. I actually said out loud, “C’mon, people!”

It’s a race. It’s hot and humid. It’s your event that you are putting on. You have medical staff waiting, right? In the wings? How far in the wings…?

Moving on.

There are a lot of sports featured at the games. I don’t try to watch them all, but If happen to catch the coverage, I’ll spend some time with them. I did not see a single second (not by choice) of:

  • Archery
  • Rock climbing
  • Badminton (was there Ping-pong?)
  • Equestrian
  • BMX
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Pickleball – What!? There’s no Pickleball at the Olympics?

Happy Sunday everybody.


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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