|Olga Korbut in Munich|
It also caused us to miss the horrific events of September the 5th, as they unfolded live on ABC television.
|A Black September terrorist on the balcony of the Athletes' Village|
As an aside: with respect to the Munich Massacre, to this day I am dismayed that the IOC has refused to ever acknowledge the tragedy in any Opening or Closing Ceremony or, indeed, at any other time during subsequent Games. I find this to be unconscionable and indefensible on their part and they should truly be ashamed of themselves.
|Opening Ceremonies in Montreal|
|1976 Canadian men's Olympic basketball team|
|Vanderlei de Lima entering the stadium in Athens, 2004|
I have seen quite a bit of "Olympics bashing" in the past couple of days among my online contacts and in my Twitter feed. Maybe people are just becoming jaded, maybe some of them never liked the Olympics to begin with. For me, it's always been a spectacle that captivates me every four years; every two years, actually, now that the Summer and Winter Games have been split up and no longer occur in the same calendar year. For all my cynicism and disillusionment, I imagine this to be true: if the Olympics still have this kind of hold on me at this point in my life, I can't see it ever changing.
And I'm just fine with that.