Right now in Sochi, Russia representatives from over 85 countries are competing, excelling and generally celebrating being at the top of their game.
But aside from the gold medals and records attempts there are deeper relationships forming and friendships being created, that may have never come about otherwise.
Athletes from all over the world are sharing some of their intimate moments with each other.
When the last event of the day has wrapped up and it’s time to unwind, are Olympians from China sharing hometown stories with athletes from Brazil. When the stadium lights go out is Team France swapping vodka recipes with the host team?
Who knows, but I’d like to think so. I’d like to think that these events not only connect us in our strive for medals, but help bridge cultural gaps and mutual respect.
Watching the Olympics with your family is a great teaching moment. Why not encourage your kids to be global citizens by researching the county of their favorite athlete? Or play games like guessing which flags belong to which nation?
The next generation’s sense of wonder about the world comes from us. Let’s remind them that we are all part of a global community - a community that should be explored, respected and celebrated.
Here are some cool Olympic activities to try out with your kids:
Are you doing anything special to celebrate the winter Olympics? How do you incorporate diversity into your family routine? I'd love to hear from you, so please leave a comment.
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