Much like Memorial Day, Independence Day has become associated more with parades, barbecues, and picnics than its actual significance. We often fail to stop and remember the courage which was exhibited by the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the impact of their actions.
Feeling patriotic today, I thought it would be a great time to make my list of favorite American Summer Olympians. They are the ones whom I deem to be Olympic Heroes. There was no set of criteria use to make this selection, but I did take into account the number of medals won, the adversity they might have faced, and how they carried themselves when representing the USA during the Summer Olympics.
So, to Shannon Miller, Greg Louganis, Bob Beamon, Al Oerter, Jesse Owens, John Jesus Flanagan, Patricia McCormick, Glenn Ashby Davis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Carl Lewis, Jim Thorpe, Ray Ewry, Michael Phelps, George Eyser, Tracy Caulkins, Janet Evans, Karch Kiraly, Wilma Rudolph, Mark Spitz, and Flo Hyman, I salute you!
Swifter, Higher, Stronger.