As the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia conclude and become a memory, we would like to take a moment to reflect on and celebrate the accomplishments of all involved in making this Olympics a smashing success. The coaches, the volunteers, the men and women who kept things going on a daily basis, the mentors, the parents, the families, the security detail, and the newscasters who kept us up to date and informed are all applauded. The athletes and all involved faced and conquered daily trials and tribulations on their quest to bring honor to their countries, which brought an added dimension to the term “Olympian.”
The participants in the 2014 Winter Olympics truly lived the spirit of the games as defined in 1896 by Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin: excellence, friendship, unity, and peace. The strong spirit of the Olympics sets an example that makes us realize the meaning of “world peace,” and for two brief weeks, the world was brought together through media and competition to honor values that, at times, are forgotten.
The following article touches on the beauty of unity and acceptance outside of the Olympic competitions and looks at the work that over 25,000 volunteers did in order to make each country and their citizens feel welcomed.