As I begin this writing, Team USA has just tied the score in the gold-medal hockey game with 24.4 seconds remaining. WOW!
Overtime! (I’ll admit, I was distracted and stopped writing to watch the game).
This match-up has already been, in my opinion, a legendary match-up.
However this ends, for me, there will be no losers. Some disappointment, perhaps, but no need for heads to hang in shame.
It has been refreshing to see this brand of hockey for the last couple of weeks. Without the BS of fighting and dirty play, it became a game again, not a show (which some of the usual antics tend to create).
It is my hope that young hockey players have been taking note. The athletes of these two teams have proved to be some of the best role models on ice.
As I wrote these last few lines, Team Canada has scored the winning goal and secured the gold medal for their country. To my friends north of the border: Congratulations! Battle well-fought, game well-played, gold medal well-earned!
To Team USA: thank you for making this American proud!
I hope you will all return with heads held high, wearing big smiles as you take the ice back home. May your level of sportsmanship and leadership fuel your fire for future successes on and off the ice.
To the athletes of every other nation…thank you for bringing some excitement to our televisions throughout this cold February!
May you return to your home countries as the heroes you deserve to be, inspiring the next generation of Olympians!
For the rest of us:
What can we learn from these athletes?
What can we do to get closer to being the best we can be?
What can we do to inspire others to reach for their greatest performances?