tonight the Olympic Games will begin with another bombastic opening ceremony – as always.
I’m a big fan of the Olympics since my childhood, some even say it was an obsession. Maybe that’s true. I’m on leave from work and don’t make any appointments during those 2 weeks. Instead I will sit on my couch and watch the Games. Everything! Even sports I’m not interested in at all (like women’s weightlifting and the like) 😊
This year, though, I will watch the ceremony and the sporting events with a tear in my eye. Because you will be missing in the South African team. It’s not like I was a fan of the SA team (why would I, I’m German), but 4 years ago I was so damn proud that the young man whose career I had been following since Beijing finally had his dream come true: participate in the ‘normal’ Olympics, alongside the able-bodied athletes. What an achievement that was, and still is. No one will ever take that away from you. It’s yours forever.
However, I know many people supporting you who say the can’t watch the Games because it hurts them that you won’t be there. Not me. I will watch. And I will not be sad because you’re not there, I will be proud that you were there in 2012, and that you showed the world that nothing is impossible.
This attitude makes you so special, that’s what inspired countless people all over the world. Thank you for that, Oscar!
much love and all my respect,