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.
American women athletes beat the sweaty gym socks off of their male counterparts at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, bringing home more gold and total...
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.
Indeed, throughout this Olympic fortnight in London, our students learned more about the business of the Olympics, first-hand, than we could ever teach them solely in the classroom.
What a fantastic Olympics we've just had. I miss the Games already. The spectacle was grand, but what I hope really last are the spirits of internationalism and participation in sport.
The Olympic vision to reach higher and faster could become a reality for many more children around the world following Sunday's hunger summit.
How cruel to work for four years, summon all the discipline, all the sacrifice needed to be your best for just a few minutes at the eminent Olympic Games... and have the dream end in a nightmare moment... with four very long years ahead to perhaps try again?
As we celebrate the best in humanity this Olympics, that means giving others the chance to live their dreams. Sports brought us together for London 2012. The action we take next is up to all of us.
Do you take pride in America winning the most medals? Or do you just admire incredible performances be they American (Michael Phelps or the lady gymnasts) or not (Usain Bolt)?
I think that it's time for black America to move past having only one representative. Yes, Gabby Douglas is a young black lady from the US, but she does not, and cannot, represent an entire culture.
For years, critics claimed that London 2012 was doomed. They said that the transportation network would collapse. That people would stay away from London. That the economy would suffer. That the British public were not interested. They were all wrong.
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