I still get excited thinking back on historic Olympic moments and look forward to another great games this year.
For me, the Olympics represents an opportunity to put aside geo-political differences. It’s the chance for countries to unify behind a common goal and engage in healthy competition with other countries.
It’s where athletes get recognized and rewarded for years of hard work, discipline, and sacrifice.
It’s a chance to make history.
So, despite controversies surrounding the Zika virus, the always present performance-enhancing drug issues, and security concerns, I’ll be watching and cheering on the athletes.
Rio Olympics Event Watching
As a swimming family, we will of course be tuned into those events.
And golf is back in the Olympics for the first time since 1904. It is interesting that this coincides with the timing of Nike’s recent announcement that they’re exiting the golf equipment business. With Nike’s leading spokesperson Tiger Woods having been mostly sidelined for the past few years, the popularity of golf has dropped. Nike’s decision shouldn’t be a surprise.
But while swimming, track and field, gymnastics, and basketball will receive the bulk of the media attention, I’ve also decided to follow a few of the lesser-known sports, specifically fencing.
There are a few interesting stories in US fencing at this Olympic games.
There are three disciplines in fencing – foil, epee, and saber, and the US has never won an Olympic gold medal in any of the fencing disciplines.
But this year, that may change. The three top male athletes have all recently ranked either number one or number two in the world including curent number one, Alexander Massialas.
Also, for the women, Ibtihaj Muhammad will be the first American Muslim athlete to participate in the Olympics wearing a hijab, a traditional Islamic modesty veil.
Readers, do you follow any of the lesser-known Olympic sports?