With all the well-deserved fame and media attention these athletes get, one would think it would get to their heads at some point. But I haven’t detected one small sign of an ego. All of these athletes are outstanding on the field. But they’re even better people.
A lot of them aren’t much different than we are as students. In fact, a lot of Olympic athletes are students.
Alexander Massialas is a member of the U.S Fencing National Team. He’s 18 years old. Like me, he enjoys basketball a lot. We share a favorite videogame in NBA 2K12. Massialas is also a big Zion I fan. Safe to say he knows good hip-hop when he hears it.
April Ross is a member of the U.S. beach volleyball team. Her favorite hobby is mini-golf. I happen to be quite the Putt-Putt enthusiast myself.
And my man Phil Dalhausser, another beach volleyball player, loves women in bikinis. Me too.
The point I’m trying to make here is that there’s not a lot that separates us, and that makes the Olympic coverage all the sweeter. We listen to the same music, play the same games, and watch the same movies and TV shows. And while what we do for a living may be different, our goal in the end is the same. To do our best, be our best and aspire for higher.
I’ll never forget the connections I’ve made with these athletes. It personalizes the London Games for us. I’ll be sure to root them on as they represent our country this summer.