Everyone cheers for the underdog: Hamadou Issaka finishes the race--and that was a pretty big thing!
World records are broken: Usain Bolt is still the fastest man on the planet (and seriously, who doesn't love to see a sprint like that!! I remember the last time that world record was broken!)
We get to see respect among people who have trained their whole lives for their sport: "Immediately after finishing, James embraced Pistorius and swapped his race name label with him."--That's humility.
So, these are just a few little reasons why I love the Olympics. I really only remember back to the 1996 Olympics, and remember watching all the "greats" compete. More importantly than all the record holders, finishers, and two weeks of watching extremely dedicated people run, jump, twirl, swim..., Paul reminds us that we're all in a race, each day:
"Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified."
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Praying that you will recognize the race you are running, and that God will give you the strength to continue it!