I absolutely LOVE the Olympics, both summer and winter! The excitement and pride shown by the athletes competing for their country is a joy to watch.
I mentioned this a few years ago in the summer Olympics thread and I will mention it again...one of the greatest moments of sports fandom for me was wathcing the 2008 swim relay race where Jason Lezak chased down the french swimmer on the final leg and won by the smallest of margins keeping Michael Phelps' push for 8 gold medals alive. Some buddies and I went to a Cubs game and were at a bar in Wrigleyville after the game. The bar was packed and quieted down for the last leg of that race. When they showed the results the bar EXPLODED with cheers and U.S.A. chants. Strangers were high-fiving and hugging each other and as cheesy as it may sound there was an electric feeling in the place. What other time would a swimming event get a reaction like that?