Every few days on the news, there is another terrorist threat or bombing in Russia.
The Russians are about to host the Olympics in their country, and Putin has
apparently pulled out all the stops to make a lasting impression, by turning
Sochi into an international arena.
Countries are getting ready to have the best of their best compete on a
world stage with the hopes of taking home the gold, silver or bronze.
Athletes spend years of their lives getting ready for this winter event. Some
have done this before and are coming back for more competition. Others put
their lives on hold for the one chance to be part of this global experience.
Unfortunately, terrorism has changed the whole Olympic experience for each
athlete, each trainer, each family member, and last but not least, the Olympic
Are you fearful that something might happen in Sochi? I am. I was fearful
four years ago in Vancouver, and four years before that in Turin.
I am an Olympic spectator. Most of the time I watch on TV. One time I was
able to travel to Lake Placid to watch the Olympics live. That was one of
the most extraordinary experiences of my life. Just being in the Olympic
Village, surrounded by people from all over the world, let me realize
that each of us were here for the same thing, no matter what language
we spoke or what national colors we wore. There was a feeling of
electricity in the air. The only other time I experienced that feeling was
when I went to Newport, Rhode Island for America's Cup. That was
just as exciting and just as International.
Times are different now. I find myself thinking that I wish it were all over.
I don't care who wins. I just want everyone to be safe. Terrorism has
definitely changed the world. One is not safe in their home turf and they
may be less safe abroad.
I pray, as a believer, that things go well in February. And most of all
I pray that when all of the best planners and all of the best athletes
get together this February in camaraderie and sportsmanship, they
will realize that now, we all have one thing in common, and that is
our common enemy--terrorism. And that will take a global effort