This weekend marks the commencement of the London 2012 summer Olympics, the pinnacle of global sporting events bringing together the greatest athletes on earth.
In this case, because it is British, it also brings us this.
The olympics is unique in the sense that it is one of the few sporting events occurring once every 4 years.
Things change dramatically after 4 years. This Olympics Australia's old swim giants Ian Thorpe, Geoff Huegill, Michael Klim have all been ousted by their younger, lesser known counterparts. Ditto for Michael Phelps by Ryan Loch. In some instances, very publicly and humiliatingly (to see what I mean, see Thorpedo's documentary, which I suffered through with Kevin)
And then you have these young stars coming out of nowhere. This girl is 16.
I suspect some of these giants will feel a little like this.
In any case, to put it into perspective, sport is sport. By definition, sport is
"Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively". Which means it can also be something like this:
So maybe we do take it a little too seriously sometimes? Anyhow, have fun watching the Olympics!