What was your favorite Rio 2016 Event?
The last two weeks watching the games in Rio has been total bliss! There were so many awe inspiring stories, dramatic wins, tears of joy and sadness. The opening and closing ceremonies were beautiful displays of the Brazilian culture. There was plenty of intense beauty and emotion to go around!
Being an American I am so proud of all our athletes who participated in the games and brought home medals, broke records and represented our nation well! I am also thankful for Brazil being such gracious hosts and keeping it safe for all of the athletes and spectators.
What I find simply amazing about the games is not just the awesome athleticism but the revelation of character in the way the athletes and coaches communicate with each other and with the world.
One of my favorite interactions was between Risa Ko Kuwai of Japan after she won her gold medal. Her coach came out to give her a congratulatory hug and she surprisingly slammed him to the mat not once but twice. The coach was so elated at her victory that the slam didn't have an affect on him! It was truly an awesome moment!
On the opposite end of the spectrum Israel's Or Sasson defeated Egypt's Islam El Shehaby in Judo. Or Sasson came to deliver a hand shake of friendship to El Shehaby and he refused Or Sasson's gesture. This display of poor sportsmanship was booed from the stands vehemently. I didn't catch how the coach responded to El Shehaby's behavior but I know the world judged with disdain and disappointment.
The Olympics are truly an amazing time of watching nations come together in peace and competing for the prize. I personally love watching the athletes compete, winning, losing and responding to all the achievement of their hard work.
As a relationship coach it was fascinating to see all the gestures of body language, verbal interaction, hugging, smiling and all the ways people communicated with other nations and team mates. The Olympics are all about relationships and I am so blessed to have watched and learned so much over the last two weeks.