The highlight of my summer will began last week with the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
I love everything about the Olympics, and over the next few weeks I’ll spend more time in front of my TV to watch the events, than I have to watch anything all year.
Nowadays, many people are losing faith in America; there are some who flat out hate us– even some who live here!
The notion of American exceptionalism isn’t the widespread belief that it used to be; even President Obama has referred to this in a questionable way: “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism” (Obama, April 2009).
But The Olympics is a special event because it clearly demonstrates to the entire world that America is the dominant nation. When we lead the field in London, there will be nothing left to question.
Many people don’t understand that sporting events and athletes can demonstrate an entire country’s dominance. But the answer lies in the very attitude with which people and athletes approach the games.
As a nation, we will come together to wholeheartedly support our athletes in a unifying manner that is never replicated.
Everybody will spend time watching the events on TV, looking up results, and talking about the games with their friends.
The Olympics is one of the only instances when everybody in our country roots for the same team; there is no political tilt or opinionated influence.
Americans rally around the idea of our athletes achieving feats that are truly unimaginable.
Furthermore, the Olympic Games give me hope that America can still embrace and support competition. Being an Olympic athlete isn’t something one does as a hobby – it is a full-time job.
The athletes eat, sleep, and breathe their events; the amount of work and training that goes into their development as the greatest athletes in the world, greatly surpasses what one could possibly imagine.
Even seeing so many amazing athletes and so many supporters at our Olympic trials in June confirmed that there are millions of Americans who share the competitive attitude that has brought this country to excellence.
This attitude of competition goes beyond the athletes, however, and falls right into the homes of fans as well. I know that it sounds crazy to predict now, but so many of us will become engrossed in the Olympic Games once they start; we’ll hope for a tenth of a point higher on a gymnastics routine, or a hundredth of a second faster in a swimming race, or a centimeter higher or farther in a track and field event just because we want to see our athletes win.
We’ll acknowledge their hard work and training and hope that it can all pay off with a medal.
We want to see America at the top, to prove her excellence over everyone else, and confirm that we are the most exceptional nation.
I love how the Olympic Games will affect so many Americans and bring them all together. The most important result, in my opinion, will be the younger Americans who will look up to our athletes as role models throughout and after the competitions.
They’ll see their success and hopefully learn that with hard work and dedication, anybody can achieve great accomplishments.
The Olympics will instill the values of competition and work ethic in all Americans while bringing everybody together as the indisputable greatest nation on earth.
Sources: Faith Hope and Politics
Editor’s Note: Curtis Davis, is a seventeen-year-old Christian Conservative. He cares about the future of America and hopes that the youth can revitalize the sense of patriotism that has unified the country. Find him on Twitter: @Curtis1Davis