The Magnificent 7. Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Dominique Dawes, Kerri Strug, Amy Chow, Amanda Borden and Jaycie Phelps. 1996 Olympic Gold Medalists in gymnastics. We were ALL behind them. Why don’t we have something like this anymore?! Sure, we were all rooting for Michael Phelps, but the truth is I just didn’t give a shit.
Maybe it’s because he was an individual. I can get behind a team a lot more. And I don’t care about swimming. At all. And he had no hardships, like our darling little Kerri Strug. And what about sweet little Dominique Moceanu, and America’s sweetheart Shannon Miller? And I always thought Amanda Borden was just the nicest girl with the sweetest smile. That’s a whole lotta “sweet.”
Michael Phelps just didn’t do anything for me.
I remember as a child waiting rather impatiently to watch the next routine. I don’t even care about the Olympics, but I cared about the Magnificent 7.
So what was it about them? Their personalities? How did an entire country rally behind them? How did we all fall in love with the Magnificent 7?
When was the last time America was excited about someone, or a group of someones? We can’t really count Obama and the last presidential election based solely on the fact that there were two sides. There are always two sides in politics.
But not with the Magnificent 7. They had the entire country behind them. I miss that. I want America to get behind something like this again. We need a group that’s all around good. That we just can’t turn away from.
But in this farking politically correct world, it’s hard to find something that pleases everyone…