The first notes of Bugler’s Dream.
The five colored rings on the white flag, representing the continents of the world.
It’s almost time for another round of Olympic Games. A series of contests that bring the world together, going back to the ancient times of Greece and Rome.
It seems the two versions of the Games, the summer and winter versions, are going in different decades as this last Olympics of the 2010’s is set to begin. The Summer Games are being held in all the metropolises of the world – Rio, Tokyo, Paris, and back to Los Angeles in 2028. The Winter Games have had the misfortune of having being held four years ago in Sochi, Russia – and now in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with political clouds hanging over the games four years ago and once again this time around.
I don’t know how interested the American sports fan will be in Asia’s third Winter Olympics, with word of a virus of some sort infesting Korea that’s caused a last-minute shuffle of manpower and security. The hockey tournament won’t be including NHL stars for the first time since 1994, and the Russians will for the most part be banned from competitions due to continuous allegations of doping.
It shapes up to be a stranger version of Olympics than most of us are used to, but like Pavlov’s dogs, once we see that five-ringed white flag and hear the music, I’m sure most of us will be turning on NBC and their various related networks to watch the Games play out.
(EDIT, 2/7/2018, 10:55pm ET: When I originally made this post, I stated that this was the first Winter Olympics held in Asia. I was incorrect – it is the third Asian Winter Olympics. The first two were held in Japan, one in Sapporo in 1972, the last to this point in Nagano in 1998. My apologies for the error.)