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Commentary: Olympic Games unite us every two years

In the United States, there are more than 300 million people, each with their own unique thoughts and ideas.

But no matter if you’re a Hillary or a Donald, a Patriot or a Bill, or an Apple or a Samsung, there’s one thing that most every American has the same opinion on, and though seemingly impossible, it is actually quite simple; “Go Team USA.”

Every two years, the Olympic Games grace the world’s televisions for two weeks. We have the Greeks to thank for these days; they were the original athletes to compete, until Emperor Theodosius banned the games.

It wasn’t until 1892 that a Frenchman, Pierre de Coubertin, proposed the revival of the Olympics and the widespread patriotism they inspire.

Beginning with the Opening Ceremony, there is nothing more special than watching close to 600 men and women walk into the Olympic arena covered in red, white and blue, carrying anything and everything that celebrates the United States.

Moreover, that warm feeling that makes our hearts grow (even more than the Grinch’s did) when we see an American win a race, a game or a match is indescribable. It doesn’t even cross our minds to wonder where our athletes stand on current events; all that matters is their athletic performance.

The differences that may have come between us before cease to exist in these moments.

Even more so, when we see a friend tweet about an American win, the argument that occurred just days ago about politics is wiped from our minds; that isn’t important anymore, nor will it be until the Games have finished and the medal count is final.

This magic and patriotism is all due to the Olympics and hopefully we never let it die like Emperor Theodosius did for 1,503 years.

Maureen O’Malley is a junior at Williamsville South High School.

There’s one thing that most every American has the same opinion on, and though seemingly impossible, it is actually quite simple; “Go Team USA.”

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