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Excitement ensues when you hear that the Olympics are back on television. This event only occurs every four years, so it must be worth watching as the best athletes in the world meet up to compete. Although the limited-time component of the Olympics makes it attractive to viewers, there’s a much deeper reason why people enjoy watching the games. Take a look at the Olympics with a psychological perspective. You want to watch the games because of the people and stories involved.
You aren’t a sports fan. In fact, you may never turn on the sports channels at all during the normal football and baseball seasons. However, the television is permanently tuned to the Olympics. Scientists have been studying human behavior and its unusual anomalies for decades. Some experts suggest that you aren’t attracted to the actual games, such as beach volleyball or swimming 1,500 meters. You’re more involved in the stories behind the athletes. Everyone at the Olympics has a dream, and they’ve achieved part of it by just qualifying for the games. You want to see how their dreams pan out.
Hearing about a rich athlete with the best coaches and a perfect family isn’t a moving story for viewers. The real stories arise in athletes who strive against all odds. Perfect examples of struggling athletes include the top two United States gymnasts today. Simone Biles had countless family struggles as a young girl, but gymnastics was her escape. With the support of her grandparents, she was able to rise above her competition and win the gold medal in Rio.
Aly Raisman has a different struggle in her background. Her family life is relatively stable, but she lost out to any medal win back in London’s 2012 games. She had something to prove to herself and the world by returning to the 2016 Olympics. It’s these struggles that draw people into the Olympics world and root for the best athletes.
When you watch Simone Biles or Aly Raisman on the Olympics through DirecTV specials, you’re mentally stimulated by their stories. As human beings, we constantly strive on conscious and subconscious levels to relate to one another. Learning about these ladies’ struggles and seeing them soar to amazing athletic heights only boosts our mood and spirit. In fact, hope and strength is actually found through the achievements of others in the Olympics. We want to keep that good feeling alive so watching even more Olympics games is just a natural reaction.
Consider the amazing abilities of Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky. Both of these athletes have their personal struggles, but they have such extraordinary talents that it’s difficult to take your eyes off of them. Whenever a person exceeds expectations, you see a reality that can be yours too. Their struggles may not be very difficult, but their achievements are goals to apply to your own life. You’re aspiring to be better than before with the help of the best athletes across the globe.
You may have struggled with your own challenges in life. Everyone has obstacles to overcome, and the Olympics shows you that triumph is possible. Watching the games gives you the strength to move forward while facing your own demons. The human spirit is truly inspiring as you go out the next day and change your outlook on life.
In the end, the Olympics are a great time to see the world’s best athletes and take inventory of your own challenges and goals. Enjoy the games on a superficial level, but also keep in mind that they’re influencing your mental strength as well. The next Olympics will be here very quickly, and you can soar as high as those aspiring athletes.