The AGENCY Speakers Bureau Asks: Are the Olympics Really About the Sports, or Even the Athletes?
The Olympic Games have, for hundreds of years been an amazing display of the combination of physical strength and finesse, but with the numerous athletic competitions televised weekly, there must be more that draws viewers in.
The Plains, VA, July 02, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Some of the most popular events at the Olympic Games include track and field, soccer, gymnastics, hockey, and figure skating; these sports are not exclusive to the Olympics, and can be seen throughout the year around the world. What’s the big deal about seeing them in this area as opposed to on a professional level? Some might say that the phenomenon of the Olympics is so special because of global participation. There are 202 countries that field athletes to compete in 28 different sports, and there are eventually 301 gold medals awarded. However, there are countless competitions such as the Stanley Cup and the World Cup that are watched by millions. It is possible that the draw of the Games is something not quite so physical- that the Olympics represent more to people than a grand display of athleticism. When watching the events either in-person, or on TV, the viewer is almost intoxicated by the intense determination, sacrifice, and pure hard work that shines through in each and every feat. The athletes are more than experts at their sport, they specialize in motivation, performance, leadership, teamwork, and most of all, goal achievement. This is what captivates audiences around the world; winning a Gold medal is more than an acknowledgement of being the best in your sport, this esteemed award encompasses these lofty characteristics. As these qualities are associated with the athletes that compete in the Games, they often find future employment thought endorsement and/or speaking engagements. The majority of us are not world-class athletes, but this truly has very little to do with having something to teach others. Are you a Gold medalist in your field? Being a gold medalist is not all about being an athletic connoisseur, but embodying the traits associated. “Those people who have risen above expectations, who have overcome an obstacle, whether physical or mental, will not only interest people, but have something of extreme value to share…” says Dan Sims of The AGENCY Speakers Bureau, located in The Plains, VA, on expanding one’s career to include speaking engagements. When watching the Olympic Games in Beijing, or from your living room couch, recognize the impressive display of athleticism, but also note the revered qualities that are showcased, and display them yourself.