Three days to go!

The Olympics are about to begin!

Former England striker Michael Owen carries the Olympic Torch through Battersea dogs home with a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Rory in London REUTERS/KI PRICE

Check out this handsome pair, carrying the torch through the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home!

Michael Owen with Rory, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Yep, that’s the breed that is also known in some circles as a “Pit Bull”. Go Rory!

I always enjoy the Olympics, seeing how others around the world play their favorite sports and hearing all of the amazing stories that come from years of hard work and dedication.

It’s exciting to think I could turn the television on for a minute while I’m doing laundry or something, and there might be some amazing athlete breaking another record while I cheer from my living room. It’s also nice to watch those “other” sports that usually aren’t televised, or at least aren’t on all Fall/Winter/Spring like the big sports you know, the ones that seem more like corporations these days.

As a child, I remember watching ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” and being so excited every time I would hear it coming on, the best intro (possibly ever) on television. “Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport… the thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat… the human drama of athletic competition… This is ABC’s Wide World of Sports!”

At the part where the man said, and the agony of defeat, my sister and I would say, “the agony of de feet! Ewww! ” And we’d put our feet up in the air and wiggle our toes around.

Now that I’m a 5x marathoner, I feel like I can really connect with that agony – and the thrill of victory!