On Friday, the world watched as London kicked off the 2012 Summer Olympics. Around the world, breath was taken away and tears were shed at the incredible symbolism and phenomenally moving live creation of this year’s Olympic torch. We watched as 204 independent petals representing each of the countries present were assembled into a circular pattern, lit, and risen to join together as one burning flame to kick off the games. The feeling of unity, pride, and camaraderie spread worldwide. These 204 countries, for a moment, had no conflict or fear. For a moment, we were all united.
The moment was even sweeter for women around the world, as for the first time ever, all 204 Olympic teams included women. Its been 116 years since Baron Pierre de Coubertin in France brought together the first modern Olympics, where he claimed female competitors would make the games “impractical, uninteresting, unaesthetic, and incorrect.’’
The world is a little sweeter today, ladies. We’ve made it farther, faster, stronger, and longer. We are competitors at the highest level in every country around the world. In this, I think we can all say there are no losers here, just champions.