Here in the U.S., we also should be extremely proud of our athletes, starting of course with Michael Phelps and his absolutely mind boggling performance, continuing to the gold medal winning women's gymnasts, Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson who pretty much captured the hearts of anyone who watched them, and on to dozens of other outstanding performances by dozens of athletes performing in a variety of disciplines.
And then, there was Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter, who simply annihilated the record books as if it was a day at the beach.
I always find it sad when, near the end of the closing ceremonies, the olympic flame is extinguished. It marks the end of one of the few significant public events in which most of the world takes part. The olympics - both summer and winter - serve as an earmark for time gone by. I am now four years older since the Athens Olympics; going on 2 years since the winter games at Torino.
I know that it's a total fallacy to believe that politics are NOT involved in the olympics. But, the ideal is just that. For the most part, the athletes live up to that ideal giving little if any consideration to anything outside their own performances, as it should be.
That given, and for that reason, I do in fact look forward to the winter games in Vancouver and the next edition of summer olympic theatre in London.