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Best, Worst & Memorable Performances of the Olympics

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Let’s talk Olympic performances. What are your votes for the Best and Worst performances from this year’s Winter Olympics? Tell me what you think were the best and worst performances by clicking on the comment tab below and letting me know.

And while you’re at it, share the one image that sticks in your mind as the most memorable from these Games.

I’m most curious whether there will be a consensus on the best and worst performance, or if the votes and opinions will be all over the map. I’m wondering if what I think is the best performance, for example, is the same as yours or anyone else’s.

Was it the performance of a skater, a hockey team, a skier, a team, a coach, a country, someone in the opening or closing ceremonies, a TV commentator, an advertiser, a sponsor, a facility, the weather, a judge or referee, or… You get it – anyone or thing that had anything to do with the Winter games. The best performance, the worst performance, and most memorable moment or performance.

When I ask about the best and worst performances, I’m talking about performance, and not necessarily the result. In other words, someone could have turned in an amazing performance, but due to circumstances, they didn’t win a medal. Or, it could have been someone or something that wasn’t eligible for a medal. So, think beyond the medals, and think about performance – best, worst and most memorable.

For me, there were performances that stick in my mind as some of the best, and yet didn’t necessarily result in a medal. There were poor performances – or should I say, athletes who didn’t perform very well – that did end up with a medal. And there were moments that I’m not likely to forget for a long time – memories of athletic, artistic, and organizational performances.

A comment that a friend posted on Facebook will stick with me. He asked why people talk about an athlete winning a silver or bronze medal. He points out that second and third place are not winning, that first place is winning and every other result is something other than winning. Interesting perspective, isn’t it? I’m sure there are some who would wholeheartedly agree, and those who wouldn’t. What do you think?

Finally, what can we learn from the Olympics, the ones just past or any other games? What can we learn that can be applied to other areas of our lives? Anything? Or are the Olympics simply that – games? I’m going to write about some Olympic lessons in my next blog, but I’d like to hear your thoughts in the meantime.

I really hope you take a moment to share your Olympic memories and thoughts (especially those of you who attended the games, or live in Vancouver, since you will have had a much different view than those who simply watched on TV). That’s a performance I’m looking forward to.