Tonight -- we watched. We watched Michael Phelps not medal for the first time since we've known who he was. We watched a young man named Ryan Lochte take the gold instead. While we were so happy for him, a little part of us was sad inside for Michael Phelps -- wanting him to take it one more time!
Watching all these athletes have a dream to come true -- whether to simply compete in the Olympics, or medal, or to take it all with the gold -- is inspiring to me.
I couldn't help thinking, though, both nights, about one thing. I wonder who is out there right now, ready for their chance in the games, who is not a household name right now -- but will be by the time this is over? Who has such a back-story that we love them because of what they have overcome? Who will run the race of their lives and beat all the predictions? Will there be a Kerri Strug who finishes despite injuring themselves?
Obviously we do not know the answer to that right now, but I have to tell you, I cannot wait to watch this all play out!