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Sunday
Feb212010

The Olympic Games

I've been watching the Olympics all week. Whenever I'm home, it's on, even if I'm only half-paying attention. I don't know what it is, but I always love the Olympics. I'm not into athletics at all, and I generally hate watching sporting events, but something about this venue is totally different.

It's not about national pride either, because I usually don't care who wins. I'm just a sucker for a great story---someone who comes from behind, someone who kicks serious ass (hey Shaun White!), even someone who tries so hard and just can't quite make it.

A lot of people like summer Olympics much better than winter, but I get into both. Gymnastics, figure skating, track & field, downhill skiing, swimming, short track speed skating. Love it all.

Here are a few conclusions and observations I've made this year:

- Cross-country skiing looks like the most boring and tiring activity ever.
- Ice dancing is so bizarre as an Olympic event. A US pair dressed in honky tonk getups and danced to country music. I was so embarrassed.
- Snowboard half-pipe blows my mind.
- Shaun White blows my mind even more.
- Vancouver looks like a very cool place.
- I want to get it on with Apolo Anton Ohno.
- Olympic commentators are SO repetitive and often overly dramatic.
- The US always seems to lead in medal count. Is that just because we have so many athletes?
- The women in these games kick ASS, and it makes me so proud of my gender.

Are you guys watching?

Reader Comments (5)

I am and have been watching. The Olympics this year are an addiction of mine. And I agree, Vancouver looks amazing. That city's the real winner.

February 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKim

The worst of the country ice dancers were from the UK (the one with the Daisy Dukes and tramp stamp)and France who wore boot skates and a weird hairy skirt and danced to John Denver and Dolly Parton singing "Thank God I'm a Country Boy/Girl." I think they should eliminate the "original dance." It's so embarrassing for foreigners to (re)interpret American "folk dance."

February 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

I would make hot monkey love to Apolo Ohno. And Shaun White, but only if he got a hair cut first.

February 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMonsteRawr

I'd also like to point out that there are a large number of really good looking skiers and snowboarders (guys and gals). Am I right? I'm a fan!

And I totally agree about Apollo and my husband doesn't get it.

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCharm City Kim

Vancouver IS a cool place (I'm a little biased.)

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhillary

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