Since this past Monday, the local papers have been intensely covering the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, which officially kicks off after tomorrow's opening ceremonies. Although Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the U.S, it does have its very own delegation. The Island of Echantment was first recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 1948 and has won six bronze medals since then. Interestingly, all six were won in one single category... boxing! This year's delegation is at a mere 22 athletes, which would make it the smallest in the past 56 years. The previous Olympic Games in Athens, the delegation comprised of 43 athletes. So, what is the cause of this dramatic drop? Personally, I think Puerto Rico is too heavily focused on baseball, basketball and boxing. Yes, the three B's. On the other hand, some blame the intense competition in the international arena.
In my opinion, there's nothing better than watching athletes from all over the world compete in the olympic games. It's the commarderie and the spirit amongst the athletes which makes it interesting for all to see. I am also curious as to how the events will unfold during this year's games, as it is a symbol of China's desire to be considered as one of the superpowers of the world. Just watching the skirmishes during olympic torch relay made me wonder if the games were to take place at all. The whole issue of Tibet, human rights, and politics. Anyhow, I won't get into that. Regardless of all the controversies and issues surrounding this year's Olympic Games, I have no doubt in my mind that this will be one for the history books.
(Images obtained from the Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games)