The 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England begin this week and the opening ceremony is going on as I am writing this right now. Right up to the opening ceremony, when the Olympic torch is placed in it’s resting place for the next few weeks, takes a little detour, carried by various athletes. One such lucky athlete turned out to be Anaheim Ducks center Saku Koivu.
Koivu ran with the Olympic torch through the borough of Hillingdon, England, this past Tuesday. Even though his turn only lasted about a quarter mile, Saku truly enjoyed the honor:
“What an unbelievable experience. There were thousands and thousands of people on the side of the road just to see and try and touch the torch.”
“As I was jogging with it, I was thinking about the first time I saw the Olympic flame live in 1994 at the Lillehammer Games. It brought back all the memories of the four times I was lucky enough to play in the Olympic Games. But today was different, because when we play hockey at the Olympics, you are really focused on the game and the schedule is very compact. So, I hadn’t had a chance to really take everything in.”
“It was more of a chance to feel the excitement the people have about the overall Olympic experience. It was such an honor to carry the torch, I will never forget it.”
He has had much Olympic experience going into Tuesday, appearing for Team Finland since 1994 and being the captain since 1998, however, he may remember this more. I am truly jealous of Koivu for being able to carry the Olympic torch. I have loved the Olympics for as long as I can remember. My dream is to go to at least one Olympics, whether it’s just for one game/event or a week or two, I just want to be there. All I will be watching for the next few weeks will be Olympic coverage, oh, and of course Shark Week. How can you not watch Shark Week? So enjoy the Games because I certainly will!