The Olympic games have been the host of some of the greatest moments in sports history, ranging from the 1968 Black Power Salute to the Miracle on Ice in 1980. Moments like these have helped inspire and shape a generation.
At the end of July, the London Olympics games will begin. Team USA is again favored to win numerous gold medals. For many of the 2008 Olympic gold medalists, this might just be their last Olympics. The 2008 Beijing Olympics had some amazing individual feats, whether it was swimmer Michael Phelps winning his eight gold medals, or Jamaican Usain Bolt breaking the world record in the 100m and 200m.
What am I looking forward to at these Olympics? The first is pretty obvious: can Michael Phelps win eight more gold medals like he did in 2008? Can the U.S. swimming teams dominate the opposition? Can the U.S. gymnastics team bring home gold and hold off the powerful Chinese team? Will U.S. beach volleyball continue winning gold? Can the U.S. men’s basketball team, featuring stars like Lebron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant, live up to the 1992 Dream Team, or will they falter as the team that went to the 2004 Olympics games in Athens? For me, Usain Bolt is probably the most dynamic and energetic athlete to watch. This time around, Bolt will have to prove he can beat the 2008 Usain Bolt by not only winning gold medals, but by breaking his previous world records.
With all these questions and so much speculation, it is likely that the London Olympics will be a joy to watch and they will surely inspire others—just like the London Olympics motto states, “Inspire a generation.”