I'm sure I'm not the only one who is inspired by watching our Olympic athletes compete in London this last week. I will admit that I don't even have a clue as to how hard these young men and women train for these events. I can't even imagine the lifestyle demands that are placed on these athletes that allow them to compete on this international level. Their commitment is an example of excellence that each of us could learn from and apply to any aspect of our lives. My particular favorite part of the Olympic coverage is watching and listening to the individual, personal stories of the athletes. Many of them have overcome incredible odds, hardships, struggles and setbacks to be where they are today. Even though the stories are unique, they all share a common thread. Each one of these athletes was inspired by someone in their lives. Sometimes it's a coach, parents, siblings or even a team-mate that motivates the athlete to be faster, stronger and better. It only makes sense that they would go on to inspire a nation.
The collection of Olympic memories continues to grow. Whenever the games come around again, I am reminded of witnessing the 1980 "Miracle" Hockey game between the US and the USSR. Another favorite moment is when Mary Lou Retton's perfect 10 earned her a gold medal in LA in 1984. Watching Michael Phelps become the most decorated Olympic athlete in history has been remarkable this year, but the games aren't over. Who knows what's to come in the next few days. I can't wait to see what these remarkable athletes achieve.