So what would the Olympics look like in non-sports form? Let’s assume the whole world was willing to gather for some other purpose, sending official delegations, national leaders, support staff and even fans to one city for two weeks.
I was ten years old, and I am fairly certain that I didn’t understand what a big deal it was. People from around the world had been preparing for years. For some, those brief two and a half weeks would be the most significant of their lives. Entire nations would have their attention focused on my hometown.
I was just excited to go watch some baseball and a funny sport called team handball.
Looking back on it now, I was incredibly blessed to have been able to attend the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. An overwhelming majority of people in the world will never even touch a ticket stub for an Olympic event. I know quite a few people, my wife included, who have “attend the Olympics” inscribed near the top of their bucket lists. I don’t blame them, as it is truly a magical series of events.
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