One thing that really stood out to me as I watched the Sochi Olympics with my family was the power of a positive attitude.
For example, my husband and I have really enjoyed watching the women's and men's slope style competitors, simply because all of them finished their runs with smiles on their faces, even when things went wrong. They were also quick to hug their competitors, even after losing to them.
Their attitudes made the historic Olympic medal sweep of American slope stylers Joss Christensen (gold), Gus Kenworthy (silver) and P&G athlete Nick Goepper (bronze) way more fun to watch. Check out the three Olympic heroes in the photo above, celebrating their victory at the P&G Family Home.
I also think of Noelle Pikus-Pace, who won silver in the skeleton finals-When she realized she had won, she climbed into the stands, hugged her husband, and told him, "We did it!"
Not "I did it!"
"WE did it!"
Now that's a great wife right there.
Witnessing these fantastic attitudes during the Olympic Games has made the few athletes who have snubbed the press and their competitors really stand out in a negative way. I won't name names, but if you've been watching the Olympics, you can probably think of a few offhand.
The lesson in all this for my kids is that a positive attitude, even after disappointing results, makes a world of difference-- both in how you feel inside and in how others perceive you. I'm so glad that my kids are getting to see some terrific examples of good sportsmanship in Sochi so that they'll have a better understanding of how to win- and lose- gracefully, even here at home on our neighborhood soccer field.
How do you feel about the Sochi Olympic athletes' attitudes toward winning and losing?