Have I missed anybody making any mention of the things that come to mind when we watch the current winter games?
1. Watching the parade of athletes in particular at the opening ceremoney and thinking about all the life-long dedication each of these people gives to their sport.
2. Seeing Slovakia women's ice team playing with tenacity even to the very end of their game one, and getting the standing o' from the Canada public.
3. Seeing how much other women's ice teams have improved, and then how much even more the USA and Canada have done so. Being able to say that I have now coached some inline players that have played collegiately with a player on the USA Olympic ice team.
4. Listening to how women's programs all over the world are growing. This inspires us to grow our sport.
5. Have heard at least three direct notes on inline skaters performing in the games.
6. Looking at renewing my own training regimen. perhaps inspiring myself to new skills and abilities.
7. Looking at athletes from all over the world who win with class..and some examples of the opposite as well.
8. Twelve years ago, each men's ice team had 2-3 nhl players, and Canada and the USA were almost all nhl. Now almost every team is at least half nhl'rs, and all the guys from the KHL are not that far behind either. The men's ice tournament is now a legitimate, premier-level event, where really good hockey is being played. Not just "an nhl all-star game with hitting," like it used to be.
I'd love to hear your thoughts out there, guys...