For my 16th Olympics, looking at a bigger picture

LONDON - This is my 16th Olympic Games.

It is also the first in which I will see the Olympic Games rather than be focused on one sport, track and field at the Summer Games, figure skating at the Winter Games.

I love those two sports, and they have given me some unforgettable moments.

But I am excited to see sailing and equestrian and men's gymnastics and fencing, especially now that an athlete I profiled at length in the Tribune, Mariel Zagunis, has been chosen as U.S. flagbearer at Friday's opening ceremony.

I long have wished the air-sucking pros in basketball and soccer and tennis would be out of the Olympics, so the incredible athletes in sports like wrestling and rowing and archery would have all the attention on them.

I am waiting for the serendipitous moment that will be my Olympic highlight.

At the Summer Games, it has occurred in one of the sports I was able to drop in on before track and field began.

In Atlanta, I happened to be there the night injured Kerri Strug landed that vault on one leg, the vault that assured the U.S. a gold medal in gymnastics.

In Beijing, I was there the morning Jason Lezak improbably caught a Frenchman on the final leg of the 4x1 free relay to keep Michael Phelps' quest for eight gold medals alive.

I wish I had been at fencing in Athens to watch coaches throw Zagunis in the air after her surprise gold medal.

I expect to be at the track to watch Usain Bolt, superman become mortal, try for a second straight 100-meter gold.

And to be at the pool when Michael Phelps, a living immortal in his sport, breaks the record for most total Olympic medals.

But - and excuse me for using a recent  U.S. Olympic Committee slogan - amazing awaits, and often at the most unexpected moments.

Maybe I will be lucky enough to see one.

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
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