We are big time Olympic junkies at our house. We are letting the kids stay up far too late, but we all love watching together.
My boys were most excited about the half pipe snowboard competition. They think Shaun White is one cool dude. I have to agree with them. I knew the results before we watched last night, but I didn't tell them. The anxiety was high in our house as he fell on his first run in the finals. During the second run when it became obvious that he wasn't going to win gold, they were disappointed. When he didn't even get on the podium, they were even more disappointed. I was as well.
But then we saw this....
Shaun White is one classy guy. He was obviously disappointed with his performances. He was obviously upset he didn't medal. But he congratuled and shared in the joy of the winner. He was positive in his interviews and was graceful in defeat. Here is a great article about all of this
It made me actually more grateful he didn't medal because he taught my kids a great lesson. Even if you are prepared and the best in the world and train and work hard, life doesn't always work out how you hope. You can either get angry and bitter about it. Or you can hold your head high, put on your best smile and show what your true character is like.
UPDATE: Just read the article and saw a special on the Today show about the little boy and girl cancer survivor's who he jumped over the barrier so he could meet them. Double points for that Shaun, double points.
Shaun White is golden in my book.