There are many good reasons to ignore the Olympics. Those reasons include corruption within the International Olympic Committee and the human rights record of the host nation. Yet, I spent an amazing amount of hours this past weekend watching the Winter Olympics. Part of it is muscle memory. I grew up watching the Olympics and that practice has continued in adulthood. This year, I have enjoyed watching the downhill, moguls, big air, ski jumping, and curling. Figure skating does not make the list only because I find I get very anxious when I watch it!
My current favorite Winter Olympic sport is short track, which is an odd combination of speed skating and roller derby. The rules elude me and there are so many crashes and I cannot stop watching it. Is that a metaphor for life these days? Here is a highlight reel of crashes from the last winter Olympics.
Really, seriously, why do I love watching the Olympics?
They remind me that we humans are created by God and we are amazing! The Olympics remind me that we humans are strong and fast and flexible and creative and graceful and beautiful. These days we have so many reminders of all that separates us, all that tears us apart. Yet in the midst of watching Olympic competition, I lose track of who represents what country and I am simply in awe of the human capacity to do beautiful and wonderful things.
What is your favorite Olympic sport and why?
-Written by Rev. Amy Miracle
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