There have been some late nights and early mornings for me this week.
The Summer Olympics are in full swing and I can’t get enough.
With the 16-hour time difference in Tokyo, it has been hard to watch everything live, but I’m sure trying my best. It has been must-see TV for sure.
There have been many inspiring and electrifying performances so far. As I write this on Wednesday, Canada had won nine medals including two golds.
Delta is well-represented at the Games with seven athletes competing in swimming, softball, water polo, field hockey and rowing.
So far we have one Deltan who has hit the podium.
Softball player Kelsey Harshman helped Team Canada to an historic, first-time softball Olympic medal as they beat Mexico 3-2 on Monday night.
I have been a huge fan of softball all my life. I played a little fastball in my youth and have continued with slo-pitch as an adult, so getting to witness this achievement, albeit from the comfort of my living room, was awesome. I’ll admit that I was cheering pretty loud as the clock struck past 11 p.m. Monday night when the final out was made.
Held under the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, these Games are unlike any other.
With limited spectators and the ability for athletes to not have support systems – their family and friends on hand – to cheer them on, makes it even more of a challenge, I’m sure.
And after the year we have had, I can only imagine what a daunting task it has been for these Olympians to train and prepare under all the COVID health and safety protocols.
To all of the athletes all I can offer up is hearty thanks for all your efforts.
My spirit has certainly been uplifted.
At a time when we all can use some good news, these first few days of the Olympics has certainly provided that. Go Canada Go!