The Olympics have a spellbinding effect on the world. Every two years, we watch the world's top athletes push themselves to the edge of their physical capabilities and represent their individual countries. While the modern games are ridden with sponsorship extravagance, performance enhancing drugs and other controversies, at their core, the games are still a cultural symbol of peaceful competition. They are a source of unity amongst a world of great difference and have a cultural permanence that will hopefully continue for centuries to come. The video below shows some of the larger themes the Olympics represent and the pride the host state, America and the entire world take in them.