What appears to have been the last American Dream Team sure gave us a lot of entertainment. But now that it's all over it's time to wrap up and see what we learned.
Michael Phelps has more medals than Uganda. I am happy for his success, but his many medals do not compare to a single medal won for a small eastern African nation that suffered under Idi Amin, was torn apart by HIV/AIDs, and ravaged by war.
Years ago, (naturally, way before my time) painting, drawing, sculpture, music, literature, and architecture were all a part of the Olympics, and all categories in which competitors could take home a medal.
Staying loose requires emotional regulation, especially if you're a perfectionist. If you want to boost your cognitive performance, simply tell yourself that you are fully prepared.
The United States is almost unique in the world in the emphasis and attention placed upon our collegiate teams, especially in football and basketball.
The Spice Girls' dedication to feminist ideals can be debated thanks to their revealing clothing but they never strayed from the opinion that girls can do things just as well as boys, if not better.
It's been viewed as urban, hip-hop and had a more menswear focus." Ash Shoes, for example, has been selling wedge sneakers since the company was founded in 2000. So why is the style suddenly appearing at every price level from Steve Madden to Marc Jacobs?
Despite our incredible progress over the years, we still have more work to do. Although our female Olympians broke through new barriers, future generations of American women are facing declining athletic opportunity.
Give to others as a means of giving your best -- such bravery doesn't guarantee a spot on the podium, but the Golden Rule outshines gold medals.
Were Romney and Ryan to win the election and succeed in their efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, less-privileged girls with lots of athletic potential talent might find themselves shopping for baby food instead of practicing their high jumps.
D.C. didn't get the Olympics, but the Trinity Center for Women and Girls in Sports stands as a thriving legacy of that effort, providing opportunities for competitive sports and recreational activities for neighbors and friends throughout the D.C. community.
In watching the Olympics I too often feel I'm being bullied to root against others, to define myself as what I'm not. This is a way of thinking that is likely to become more prevalent over the next decade.
Weight does not measure human worth. It is not an indicator of character. Bathroom scales are not designed to weigh merit. The boy in the Nike ad may well be full to the brim with greatness -- but none of it has anything to do with running.
Where is the coverage of other nations' athletes at the Olympics?
Before these games, there was a bit of controversy as both Kobe and LeBron thought this current team "could" defeat the original Dream Team. When the games ended, this current edition posted the second largest margin of victory. When we consider that the international competition has improved in the past 20 years, maybe Kobe and LeBron were on to something.
To be a great gymnast you must be superhumanly strong and have great balance, and yet also display such delicacy of movement that Mikhail Baryshnikov would be impressed.