I don't know about you, but I have really enjoyed watching the Olympics this year. We have kept them off during the day, so as to avoid being distracted from our priorities, but each evening, members of our family have gathered around the TV to watch the unbelievable feats of this year's amazing Olympic athletes.
There has been so much drama this year, it seems. So many "stories behind the stories." Deaths, Disappointments, Disqualifications. Crashes, Controversy, and Collisions. Injuries, Injustices, and Incredible accomplisments! We have grieved with athletes, rejoiced with them, even wept with them. We have cheered them on and held our breath while we watched them do what they do best . . . on the snow, on the ice, and even in the air!
We have especially enjoyed following such American stars as Apolo Ohno, Shani Davis, Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancusco, Shaun White, and others. As much as we want American athletes to do well, we have found ourselves cheering enthusiastically for athletes from other nations as well.
Such was the case last night. Our hearts were definitely on the ice with Canadian figure skater, Joannie Rochette, and we rejoiced with her when she made it to the podium! And how could we help but root for South Korean figure skater Kim Yu Na? Her performance was both beautiful and brilliant, and her poise and grace reminded me of my all-time favorite figure skater -- Michelle Kwan. While not quite as captivating as Michelle, she is certainly a phenomenal skater, and she must have nerves of steel to be able to compete so flawlessly under the pressure put on her by her country.
If you missed it, you can see her record-breaking short program here, and her record shattering long program here.
As I think of the dedication, sacrifice, and single-mindedness of these athletes, and how they have given up everything in pursuit of the gold, it reminds me of the race we are running and the prize that we hope to attain. Are we willing to give up everything as we seek the True Gold?
"Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified." --- 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NKJV