I love watching the athletes from the smaller countries. We expect to see the United States, Russia, Great Britain, Canada, and the other big countries get medals, but it’s not as often that you get to see somebody medal from one of the smaller countries. Like when Lithuania almost beat the United States in basketball (they went on to get the bronze medal) in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
It’s not always about who wins. Sometimes it just matters who has the most heart. Who overcame the obstacles. I think that’s one of the reasons we were interested in the Nancy Kerrigan story. People from small countries don’t have a huge financial backing, like some of the higher-end athletes from the wealthier countries get (yes, I realize that most of them make extreme sacrifices too, but you do get more with nice sponsorships).