Watching the athletes today, there were several times where it was easy to forget that every single one of them has received a life-saving organ transplant: A heart, lungs, kidney, liver, bone marrow, or even combinations of these things. Some multiple times. Every single athlete, from the guy bowling high 200s to the tot running the 400-meter relay to the 17-year-old swimmer racing to six golds, represents a story of pain, courage, terror, suffering, sickness, worry, waiting, and, in the end thanks to the grace of donor families, and donors living and passed, a second chance at life. Abso-fricking-lutely incredible.
It’s hard to believe closing ceremonies are as soon as tomorrow night.
A few more pictures that didn’t fit my day three themes of track/field and basketball: