Monday, July 30, 2012

Olympic fever!

I remember watching the Olympics a lot when I was younger... then I stopped for a few years and lately I have been back...

I'm finding myself a bit sad at these Olympics though... it seems to me that there are a lot of mistakes and falls, and bad performances happening... I'm not blaming the athletes, I think the pressure is just too high and instead of people clearly winning, they are clearly losing.

I hate all the commercialism as well... I know it costs a lot to build these buildings and arenas and such, but when it becomes bigger than the games, it is too much.

I am finding it hard to watch the athleticism and enjoy the amazing abilities of these people who push themselves farther than I can even contemplate. I wish it were more on doing your best rather than win at all costs.

I'm not sure if I am making my thoughts clear, but they are here anyway :)


  1. I totally hear you! I like the Olympics. I don't like the commentators!!! Why don't they just let most of the event happen without all of the extraneous info. I don't want to hear someone's shoe size while they are competing for a world record.

    And some of the things they say are just idiotic... grasping for something to say. I heard one say that this kid lived in a diverse neighborhood and that was perfect because they were "half black and half Chinese." Wha? Why should ethnicity even come up, unless it involves some major injustice to a people group?

    I love the true competition. I am livid over the top performing girl's gymnast being cut.

    Here's a random thought my DH throw out the other day. He read a concept that's something like "people long for an era that never existed." Maybe that's part of my problem. I have an idealistic view of what SHOULD happen.

    I think that's definitely the problem with the IOC. Bottom line: they are simply too big for their britches! They keep majoring on the minors. I think that these inconsequentials that are blown out of proportion can cause the underlying stresses that hinder athletic performance.

    I like that I keep hearing the coaches and kids say it's all about having fun. I mean, what an experience! The chance of a lifetime. I hope that the lingering memory is truly one of fun!

    I have blogged in your comments, LOL!

  2. I lived in Calgary in '88 so I saw the games up close. Fast forward to 2010 and I lived in Vancouver, so again saw the winter games up close. The summer games just don't do it for me. I get that they are for the most part amazingly dedicated athletes, but honestly, synchronized diving? Trampolining? Not real sports! Diving yes, but synchronized? Bah. Bring on the hockey!!!

  3. I totally agree with you, Katie. Some of the sports are really getting kind of silly. On the other hand, there are sports left out that I think are far more grueling. It is nice that so many women are involved in new ways this year and I'm glad to see the women from Afghanistan there. But I agree with you about the commercialism, And I'm annoyed that NBC has decided to delay broadcast of the most popular events.


Thanks for your two cents!