Olympic Thoughts

August 12, 2012 Misc 6

As much as I love the Olympics I’m mostly glad that they are over.  I’ve hardly done any reading (or yard work) since they began.

Here are some of my thoughts

Awesome quote

“It is well known that Guatemala has problems with guns and knives. I hope that this medal inspires the kids at home to put down guns and knives and pick up a pair of trainers instead. If they do that, I will be the happiest guy in the world.”

– Erick Barrondo (won Guatemala’s first medal ever, a silver in the 20km race walk) (Yahoo! Sports)

I’m not trying to be greedy, but…

I can’t say it’s not awesome that the US won the most medals.

Best moment

The women winning the 4×100 relay in world record time.  Amazing!

Runner up: Gabby Douglas winning the All Around.  I love that girl’s smile!

Worst moment

The badminton cheaters.  A total of 4 teams (China, Indonesia, and two South Korea teams) were DQ’d for blatantly trying to lose so they could play a worse team in the next round.  Embarrassing.

Michael Phelps vs Usain Bolt

Let’s just say they are the best at what they do and call it even.

1992 Men’s Basketball team vs 2012 Men’s Basketball team

The Dream Team, hands down.

Magnificent 7 vs Fab 5

Pass.

How awesome are Misty May and Kerri Walsh?

Pretty awesome!  As was the other team, Ross & Kessy.

On NBC’s coverage

We are already watching on a time delay, is there a reason why you can’t just air the whole match?  You already know how long it’s going to take so it’s not like you can’t plan for it.  I miss the good old days where everything was live on like 10 different channels so you could always watch the event that you wanted to.

On Yahoo’s coverage

I appreciate the “spoiler” warnings, but giving a spoiler warning with a headline that says something like “surprise winner in XXXX race” with a picture of Phelps is giving away the fact that he didn’t win!  Not cool!

On the Closing Ceremony

It was good, but what was up with the Octopus?  If anyone understands the Octopus please, please, please explain for me.

Kimberly

6 Responses to “Olympic Thoughts”

  1. Cindy Smith

    I was totally baffled by the Octopus as well Kim. In a way I am sad to see them end but happy at the same time. Michael has been watching the Olympics from the time he gets up till he goes to bed.

    As a Canadian I have to admit that I did shed some tears over events that happened to our beloved Canadian athelets.

    Congrats to my neighbors of the South for winning so many medals go job and well deserved.

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      I didn’t expect to get everything they were showing in the ceremony because I’m not British, but the Octopus was creepy and baffling.

      I love the little moments in the Olympics that make you cry. I had quite a few myself.

      Congrats to my neighbors in the North for everything they did. :)

  2. fakesteph

    I barely watched at all, but I’m glad that you enjoyed them. :) The guy who hurt his Achilles broke my heart, but running one legged was…

  3. Bittner

    Sorry it took me so long to read this but I’m getting all caught up in my google reader today!

    My favorite moment was watching Misty and Kerri, and of course being introduced to Track Cycling!

    My least favorite, the men’s gymnastics because I really really wanted to see them pull off something amazing! Which had pretty much been promised to me, but didn’t quite happen. However, the men’s individual high bar competition was amazing! That guy from the Netherlands was jaw dropping good, but Jonathan Horton was the most supportive and gracious standing on the sidelines watching and I was very proud of him.

    Unfortunately, I thought the closing ceremonies were boring. I was extremely tired that night and they could not keep me up so I checked out shortly after Oasis.

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      The high bar was the only thing from men’s gymnastics that I watched. I stopped watching after Oasis too, I needed to go to bed. I think it was a bit of a let down because the opening ceremony was so very good!