Why we love the Winter Olympics

Clara Hughes during the Olympic speed skating 5000m at the Richmond Olympic oval, B.C., Feb. 24,...

Clara Hughes during the Olympic speed skating 5000m at the Richmond Olympic oval, B.C., Feb. 24, 2010. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI AGENCY)

Steve Simmons, QMI Agency

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What is it about the Olympic Games that takes our breath away?

What is it about these 17 days of sport and politics that so intrigues us and unites a mostly divided nation?

What is it about these sports we truly don’t care about — don’t watch or pay much attention to before or after the Olympics — that so grab us, pull us in, bring all of us to attention.

Sport, for the most part, has a male-dominated following. But everyone tunes in for the Olympics: Men, women, sports fans, non-sports fans. The Olympics transcend sport into world event.

And the more I work the Olympic Games — this will be my ninth Winter Games — the more fascinated I am with the fascination that surrounds them.

What are the Olympics?

Take away the scandal, the spending, the security, the screw-ups and, more than anything, there is a sporting purity to it.

But there’s more than even that — there is a story.

And we love nothing better in life than a great story.


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