If that sort of sporting challenge against geopolitical foes is what it takes to get you back in to the Olympic spirit, then you need to pay attention to Olympic wrestling. The U.S. is one of the best teams, and our top rivals are an expanded axis of evil.
What the trio in the Afghan team achieved may not alter the outcome of the conflict as U.S.-led NATO troops prepare to leave the country in 2014. But it allowed young Afghans who grew up in the last 20 years to see their country briefly united for the first time in their lives.
Let's stop sweating the details of who doped and who didn't. As the sun fades from the London Olympics let's look forward to an even more spectacular games in Rio.
On this very first week of Autumn Semester at our University, I am filled, once again, with an inordinate measure of hope and optimism. As the members of our incoming class converge upon our campus, I am in awe of their spirit, exuberance, perspective, and promise.
A global effort is needed to address chronic malnutrition -- and with 65 Olympic medals behind them, it's great to see the UK leading the way to a world where the world's poorest people can aspire to their share of Olympic medals.
In recent weeks, the soccer blogosphere has been filled with commentary about Brazil's defeat to Mexico in the Olympic final, and much attention has focused on Mano Menezes, the coach of the Brazilian national team.
Ryan Lochte is about one more bad cameo away from losing my respect. And he's not alone in the pool.
I named my downstairs sofa 'Olympic Workout.' So when people phoned and asked what I was doing I could truthfully say "I'm devoting a lot of time to my Olympic Workout."
Now that the awe-inspiring London 2012 Olympics are over and we're done celebrating the amazing physical performances of Gabby Douglas, Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and so many others from around the world... We go back to our normal lives. But should we?
Once August hit, all the excitement and everything I had been dreaming about was becoming real. Finally, the time came for my mom and I to hop on the plane to London and our adventure began!
The same places that cost a tanned arm and a leg in the middle of summer get much cheaper once the calendar turns to mid-August.
There's been a lot of talk about how the London Olympics will best be remembered as the Women's Olympics. Not only because of the individual performances, but because of the collective achievements of women who participated in these London games.
I was addicted to the London Olympics... in fact, so was my whole family. Don't feel bad. The truth is you are only one of close to 5 billion people who, at one time or another during the event, tuned in and viewed the games and all the resultant hoopla.
The run-up to the Olympics that was filled with anguish and concern reflects a far deeper problem in society. Indeed, it was a result of the over-inflated obsession with security that has gripped the U.S. and many in Europe, but particularly Britain, since 9/11.
While most Olympic athletes had an extraordinary opportunity to mingle with competitors from every corner of the globe, the North Korean team was treated like high-security prisoners by their ever-present minders.
This year's Olympics was enthralling -- I literally watched nothing else for those spectacular two weeks. In the spirit of such athleticism, I turned to a fitting documentary: Man on Wire.