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13 August 2004 @ 09:23 pm
How cool is it that Ludger Bierbaum is the flag bearer for Germany? *smile*

It's always emotional for me to watch the opening ceremonies - so many hopes and dreams, so much excitement, so much determination, so much joy. We get to witness national pride that has very little to do with political power. For just a couple of hours we get ignore the upheavals du jour across the world and instead experience the international camaraderie the Olympics engender.

It's also a barometer of cultural progress in some cases, as witnessed by seeing the first female Olympic athlete from Afghanistan.

I thought is was wonderful to see an athlete on their cellphone saying 'Hi Mom, I'm at the Olympics!'.

It's a good thing *nod*

-the redhead-