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.
It may come as a surprise, but even an event focused entirely on sporting prowess can provide inspiration to strengthen one of our most important relationships: marriage.
Of course the individual athletes who won the medals deserve the credit for their achievements. But many of them never would have had the opportunity to develop their individual talents to the Olympic level had it not been for sensible, needed government actions.
Be careful if you run into Brits for the next little while: They're under a spell. Specifically, they have a bad case of Olympic Fever.
As the London Olympics closed, a new race began -- the race to tackle malnutrition. It is a race we must win.
Sí se puede will undoubtedly be a cheer that goes down in history. However - on the field and off - we are no longer chanting for the underdog. Today we are rooting for the reality that we are champs.
The good side of athletics in higher education is that it helps develop exceptional leaders, team players, and citizens. Healthy competition is a motivator for excellence and represents the best outcome of the Olympic spirit.