I have so many good memories of watching the Olympics with my family. I remember watching Mariel Zagunis's scream when she won the gold medal in fencing. I remember Michael Phelps prior to his 8 gold-medal fame. I idiolized Carly Patterson. The memories are my favorite part of the Olympics. The sports themselves are endearing, but the history is what I walk away with. And if you didn't get it already, I am 100% Team USA. (:
|(photograph taken from guardian.co.uk)|
Sadly, this year I will be unable to sit in the living room with my family during the Women's Gymnastics All-Around Final, much less watch it all. This is the reason behind the 70%. I want to spend all the time I can nurturing this unspoken tradition.
With those nostalgic thoughts aside, I wanted to share a few of my thoughts on the Olympics so far. Keep in mind, I am not an experienced sports writer, so my normal language will have to suffice.
The Opening Ceremony, from what I was hearing, was getting a pretty unimpressed response. None of my family members thought it compared with Beijing and texts from my friends demonstrated a dominate "meh" reaction as well. I, for one, actually really enjoyed it. I can agree that it wasn't spectacular like Beijing was, but I enjoyed all the cultural and literature references. Maybe it's the bookworm in me, but the ceremony was like one big literature guessing game. Voldemort looked, to put it gently, far from threatening, and I question why there were so many Mary Poppins, but it was fun nonetheless. Great Britain has a lot of literature to be proud of and they certainly took advantage of it.
My favorite part of opening ceremonies is towards the end when the different countries parade through the arena, when the smell of dreams are fresh.
- Beach Volleyball.
- I continue to love beach volleyball year after year. I enjoy watching it on the television and at the same time want to go outside and play it. I watched Misty Mae and Kerri Walsh get their two gold medals, so when I heard they were returning for 2012 I was ecstatic.
- Women's Gymnastics.
- Women's Gymnastics is one of those Olympics sports that I have watched since I was a little girl. I very much idiolized Carly Patterson back in 2004. It's the sport that when I hear it's time for the Olympics, I automatically catalog in my mind as something to look forward to.
- Men's Gymnastics.
- I am only a slight notch less excited about Men's Gymnastics than I am about women's, but that's mostly because I enjoy how elegant the women are. I find that the men lack that quality in their gymnastics but still love, love, love watching them.
Old Honorable Mentions.
- This is probably my fourth year watching Olympic swimming. The only reason I placed this in the "honorable mentions" section is because of the fact that I don't watch all the events. My favorite events are the men and women's free style relays.
- Diving & Synchronized Diving.
- Diving is always so much fun to watch. It's one of those sports that doesn't get boring because the broadcasting of it moves at such a rapid pace.
- The reason I don't enjoy indoor volleyball as much as I do beach volleyball is also one of the reasons I dislike basketball, the indoor atmosphere is too claustrophobic for me. Either way, I enjoy watching this sport despite the fact that one match can last 2+ hours.
- Men's/Women's Archery.
- I am utterly amazed at how much I love watching this sport, how long I've gone without watching it, and how intense it can be. I will definitely be looking out for archery in the Olympics to come. Go Wukie!
Lastly, I just wanted to include that I think NBC's coverage of the Olympics is absolutely ridiculous. I won't dwell too much on this but their commentators are ridiculous and their interruptions in broadcasting are ridiculous.
But because I refuse to end this post on a negative note, my favorite part of the entire Olympics is when you get those glimpses of pure joy- those moments when the volleyball player scores the match point and she is too excited celebrating to care how unattractive her screaming expression may be, or when the synchronized diver gets a silver and is overcome with happiness she has to kneel down and cry into her hands. Those moments are what the Olympics are all about.
So, What are your thoughts on the opening ceremony?
What are your old and new favorites Olympic sports to watch?
Do you hate NBC's coverage as much as I do?