The pride and love we share for our country is shown year round, but it’s not ever shown as much as when the Olympics come around. Day after day, our nation is divided on important topics, such as religion or politics, but this is the time when we truly come together as one. This year, the Olympics are held in Rio, but back in our homeland, another kind of Olympics are being held. Where the champions receive shiny belt buckles instead of shiny medals. Where trainers and coaches are replaced by the best riders in the world, ready to teach the craft to the next generations of winners. Where hours of training are done on open land or ranches, instead of world class gyms. The Olympics are only held every 4 years, but rodeos are year round, and it’s in this season where our communities truly come together. We set our differences aside to root for the amazing men and women with the talent and dedication to not only get them as far as competing in these games, but to win and make our country proud, just as we do for the Olympics. We put our hand over our heart, and show our allegiance to the flag, the very same flag carried so proudly at the opening ceremonies in Rio. So whether you choose to be a spectator of the Olympic Games, the rodeo back home, or both, there’s no argument the amount of pride we feel in the athletes who represent our country, whether that’s hundreds of miles away or in our own backyard.