Excited Olympics finally here again

After months of hearing about it and weeks of televised trials, the Olympics are finally here and I’m psyched.

I’m going to spend the next two weeks immersed in as many Olympic events as I can watch. Like everyone, I can’t wait to see the U.S. men’s basketball team in action, Usain Bolt run the 100 meters, and the swimming showdown between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. I’ll also watch all the different gymnastics events with my wife and do my best to seek out any table tennis coverage I can find. That’s my favorite event.

While we’ll never see another team like the original 1992 Dream Team, I am confident this year’s men’s basketball team is going to dominate and bring home gold for the United States. The performance Phelps put on four years ago was so amazing that I still get chills thinking about it. I’m hopeful he’ll get the gold he needs to become the greatest Olympic athlete ever, but I’d also like to see Lochte, an underdog only because he’s swimming against Phelps, dominate the pool. I keep hearing there will be competition for Bolt this time. In the 2008 Olympics it looked at times like he was an adult running against children.

Those are just some athletes I know about. The games always provide us with new stars as well.

I thought the Opening Ceremonies weren’t the best I’ve seen, but they had their moments. Some of the interpretive dancing — it kind of looked like hand dancing because I didn’t see much leg movement — was hard to follow and a little silly, but the delivery of the Olympic torch and the parade of nations made up for it. My wife enjoyed critiquing the outfits of all the different nations, and I enjoyed listening to her critiques. Then, I thought London really went all out with the fireworks and the celebration following the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron.

Now that the games are officially under way, I can trade in the excitement I’ve felt for “American Ninja Warrior” all summer and focus on the long jump, archery and the triathlon. Our countrymen came up short in the quest to crown an American ninja warrior, but I know we’re going to see some great performances that will help America bring home a host of gold medals.

Happy birthday Sunday to Jamilla Jauna Braxton and Patience Rhoades, both of Denison; Ken Shepherd, Arthur Ray Mask and Keisha Douglas, all of Sherman; Kim Bailey of Pottsboro; June Ballard of Bells; Chadwick Jones of Venus, Texas; Floydada Barnett of Georgetown; Robert McMurdo Gillespie of Richmond, Va.; Sylvia Taylor Finch of Phoenix, Ariz.; Rebecca Johnston Donnell of Roseville, Calif.; and Lee Miller.

Happy anniversary Sunday to Glenn and Cyndy Hancock of Denison, 35 years; Billy and Barbara Holloway of Pottsboro.