What are the Olympics for if not to push the bounds of human ability?

I stumbled across this video of USAIN BOLT vs 116 YEARS of the 100m and as interesting as it is, after watching this video I started thinking . . .

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXjowHOkeiI

You see I don’t get massively excited by the Olympics generally, I guess it’s because I’m consistently underwhelmed by South Africa’s achievements over the years (yes we won a few gold’s but come on, surely we should have more of an impact!) . I mean I watch the usual opening and closing and a few other events depending on who’s in them but mainly I’m in it for the highlights.

Things like . . .

Then maybe a few funnies . . .

Or a little bit of skin . . . 

But this video really got me wondering what is so fascinating about it all. You see the Olympics are the biggest stage in the world of combined sports. It is the best place for athletes to showcase themselves and so every effort in training, nutrition, gear and technology is focused on pushing the limits here.

In short it is the pinnacle of human performance and therefor the premier event to advance human ability.

This video shows just how incredibly the performance of the 100m has improved over time. It shows that, if nothing else, whenever you hear anyone say, “They will never beat . . . “you should slap them in the face and HARD! Humans will continue to develop as they have over the last 100 years and Usain Bolt is merely one point in time of that evolution. Granted he is one majestic stride forward but one step in the process never the less.

I guess I’ve realized that the Olympics is more than the hype, the medals and the sponsors, it is our best way of ensuring that we as a species continue to move forward in at least one sphere.