Olympics: Glorious or gross?

"The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play." –Olympic Charter

Sport, a potential dividing activity, is coming together in Sochi to unite. New events, brilliant venues...all parts of the Olympic experience. Yet there is a dark underbelly. Russia's policies regarding the LBQT community has come to the forefront...videos showing public beatings of gay young men and those standing for gay rights.

The Olympics has always been a venue for the best in the sporting world...athletes come from all countries to represent their homeland and are cheered by the world for what they bring and represent. Watching a single skier coming in far behind the pack, a crowd cheering them on, sends chills up my spine. Honoring those who honor their country is an amazing site to see.

No matter how skilled, what country you are from, the athletes village becomes a miniature United Nations, mixing amongst one another, creating a foundation of peace.

Don't get me wrong...athletes want to win, to represent their country on the world stage, showing that they are amongst the best in their chosen sport, but even those who have no chance to medal are applauded for their effort and their pride.

Sochi has much to live up to...the last Olympics was incredible. I am looking forward to watching the events unfold...the world stage of sport and fair play!

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