First of all, it is the utmost honor to watch you grace my TV screen. Every two years my patriotism reaches the highest heights as I watch your names flash across my screen accompanied by the American flag. I do have to say I am slightly more competent in understanding the summer sports, hence my letter going live now as we are in full #Rio2016 swing.
I cried when Michael Phelps walked out at Opening Ceremonies carrying the American flag. There is something so special to be said for the 500+ Americans and their mega watt smiles as they walk into the Rio stadium, representing our country and living out the dream most of them have been waiting for for their entire lives.
Seeing someone reach the peak of their athletic career is a gift to witness. These athletes have trained an insane amount of hours for these two weeks. Two. Weeks. That’s all the time they get to show up and bring their A game for the world stage. And that’s exactly what the Olympics are – a world stage with literally everyone watching. Having the privilege of watching an athlete at their peak is one of the most beautiful sights to withhold. It doesn’t matter if they are a swimmer, runner, basketball player, beach volleyball player, gymnast or anything in between – the grace they all possess is unrivaled. And don’t even get me STARTED on their poise and skill level.
To wrap this up, our first full day of Rio is already over and I have cried three times already. I can’t wait to watch the next two weeks play out and to cheer on Team USA from my couch (and probably every technological streaming device that I own). Expect lots of cheers, screams and tears, GO TEAM USA.