Forgive my heretical thoughts even while I oooo and ahhhh over all the results of the hard-work, determination and dedication: Maybe the Olympic Games don't only emblemize the sea-to-shining-sea America of our dreams. Maybe they reveal our dark side as well.
I'm looking forward to continuing to watch all these Olympic Games. I'll be looking to see the many other Latinos that will be competing to prove what the census data and demographics have been showing, we are here to stay.
I asked athletic fans of my www.SecretRegrets.com project (where people anonymously confess the biggest regrets of their lives) to share the biggest regret of their athletic career -- the one regret that sidelined them and dashed their dreams of achieving athletic greatness.