Friday, August 08, 2008

Going for the Gold

So in case you've been living under a rock lately, the 2008 Olympics start today. And I, for one, am uber-excited. I can't wait to see how many world records the part-man-part-fish Michael Phelps shatters - or to watch Tyson Gay race around the track for the gold. While I do love professional sports, there is something so heart-warming about watching little-known athletes compete solely for the love of the sport, rather than for the fanfare or money. And there always seems to be one particularly awe-inspiring moment that just brings tears to your eyes - such as the infamous Miracle on Ice game of 1980 or Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci scoring the first-ever perfect 10. I personally feel nothing sums up the spirit of the Olympic Games more than speed skater Dan Jansen finally winning the elusive gold or the sight of the injured British runner Derek Redmond hobbling across the finish-line with the help of his father.

For that same reason, I also enjoy watching So You Think You Can Dance - one of only two reality programs I tune into regularly (the other being the fabulous Project Runway.) The show takes enormously talented young dancers - who will most likely never achieve any significant level of fame - and gives them the opportunity to work with some of the nation's top choreographers. By the way, congratulations to Joshua for winning the season four title last night.

Back to the Olympics...does anyone remember the hi-LAR-ious SNL skit featuring John Belushi as a top athlete with a penchant for cigarettes and little chocolate donuts? Well guess who found a link to the video! AND, for all you chocolate donut lovers out there, check out this sucralose-sweetened, low-calorie version donut mix from Dixie Carb Counters.

And now, for a few more moving moments, check out the Redmond race as well as one of my favorite So You Think You Can Dance performances from the fourth season. Enjoy!

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