I think it's also why I love the Olympics so much. I love the opening ceremony. I love the spectacle and the chance to cheer on the host country as they tell the rest of us about themselves. But mostly, I think I love knowing that I'm part of something that millions and millions of people around the world are also part of.
I love celebrating each other, and though it's true that I'm fiercely, fiercely competitive and wish Australia could win everything, I also love the fact that we get to come together and celebrate the achievements of those who've worked so hard to develop their talents. And I get just as excited for the last place runner who ran a personal best time as I do for the first place runner.
I got up early this morning and watched the final for the 100m Women's Hurdles. Sally Pearson was the favourite, and I was really excited to see her race. It was all over in 12 seconds, and then there was a heart stopping minute of waiting to see who'd won. It looked like Sally, but the USA's Dawn Harper was awfully close. And then up it went on the score board: Sally had won by .02 of a second! She let out a roar of relief and dropped to the ground completely overcome.
“It is the inspiration of the Olympic Games that drives people not only to compete but to improve, and to bring lasting spiritual and moral benefits to the athlete and inspiration to those lucky enough
to witness the athletic dedication”.
Herb Elliott (Australian middle-distance Runner, world record holder in the 1,500m race (1958-67) and the mile race (1958-62)