The Summer Olympics in London were certainly an event and a spectacle to treasure not only for Americans, but also for people and sports enthusiasts worldwide. The Olympics are held only once every four years, which is one of the reasons that it is such an exciting and dramatic athletic competition. The 2012 Games certainly had their share of incredible moments and athletic splendor, beginning with swimmer extraordinaire Michael Phelps, who with 22 medals has truly earned all the praise and glory that he is meriting. There also was the gold medal-winning performance of our U.S. women’s gymnastics team, especially Needham resident Aly Raisman, who was the team captain and floor exercise gold medalist. And we cannot forget the gold medal judo performance by Marblehead resident Kayla Harrison, who trains in Wakefield. The U.S. men’s and women’s track teams brought so much excitement and excellence to us night after night, as did Usain Bolt and the Jamaican men’s sprint team. And the U.S. women’s soccer and women’s and men’s basketball teams showed that you must not only be great individual players, but you must work as a team.
There were other awe-inspiring moments: Bolt certainly solidified his claim as the world’s fastest man and there was the courage, determination, and the outstanding example that Oscar Pistorius of South Africa set for everyone. These are images that all of us, even non-sports fans, will remember for a long time.
Of course, in Winthrop, we have a special place in our heart for anything associated with the Olympic Games. And while the London Games provided so many breathtaking moments, it was our hometown hero, Michael Eruzione, who set the standard by which all Olympic achievements are judged.