August 25, 2008

Thanks Mom

The Olympics in Beijing are over. As usual, there was plenty of drama; from the American relay teams dropping batons to the Chinese gymnastics’ age limit issue. Michael Phelps won Gold in every race he competed in, and Mongolia won their first Gold medal ever – it was in boxing.

Politics, cheating, communism, all present during the Olympics.

On a positive note, kudos to all Canadian medal winners; Carol Huynh, the men's four and eight rowing teams, Eric Lamaze, Calder & Frandsen, Karen Cockburn, Simon Whitfield, Jason Burnett, Alexandre Despatie, Team Equestrian, Emile Heymans, Adan van Koeverden, Karine Sergeie, Ryan Cochrane, Tonya Verbeek, Cameron & Kok, Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, and Thomas Hall.

One story that resonated with me was was about Ron McLean.

Ron had to leave the Games early because his mom died last Wednesday night. He is the real deal, a classic act. He is genuine and a national treasure. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him and what you see is exactly what you get.

Ron shared a deeply personal moment with millions of viewers and I’m not sure how many of us could’ve done that. Our hearts break for him.

So many of the athletes were seen thanking their moms during interviews, Ron was no different.


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