By Ken Selvaggi WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager
Triumph, tributes and tenacity will replace the heat, humidity and horrid headlines the next few weeks when the Olympics take center stage. They will be timely and needed.
For a world beset with weather catastrophes and economic strife, the games will bring relief and joy.
The United States and China are favored to capture the gold and silver.
Swimming will be first up and we will certainly be pulling for Louisville's Clark Burckle, a St. X grad with the famed Lakeside Swim Club, and former NCAA champion, to join his swimming sister Caroline as an Olympic Medalist. Caroline won a bronze medal at the last summer Olympics in Beijing.
Clark joins track and field star Reese Hoffa and volleyball player Rich Lambourne as Louisville natives competing at the games in London. We'll also see cyclist Dotsie Bausch, a Ballard High School grad, basketball player Angel McCoughtry, a University of Louisville grad, and swimmer Claire Donahue, a Western Kentucky grad. Kentuckian Tyson Gay from Lexington, known as the second fastest man in the world, will be a key player in the Olympics.
There will be more than 10,000 athletes overall representing more than 200 countries. Let's be inspired by them to live healthier and more active lives and demonstrate their dedication and work ethic in our jobs.