So I’m an Olympics watcher. I must admit that while women’s beach volley ball is on I find something else to do with my time. When basketball is on I switch to a different channel and just check in to see when it’s over. This year I’ve used the DVR to fast forward through a lot of stuff the just doesn’t interest me. You know the same people from the same countries getting medals ……..again.
While I don’t begrudge the winners or their countries the accolades that’s not why I watch the Olympics and it’s getting harder every 4 years to find someone or some sport to care about. I want to see stories like the one about the Irish gymnast who came back from several injuries just to participate in the games. Was his routine flawless, would he get a medal? No, it was just his moment to shine. He was living proof that if you want something bad enough you can make it happen.
Then there’s the Malaysian lady who’s 8 month pregnant and in one of the shooting competitions. The runner with no legs that they finally allowed to compete. There are countries with one or two athletes who will never see prime time exposure.
While I understand we want to see the athletes of our country do well, the US has over 400 people competing at the games. There are sports we never see, rowing, sailing, shooting, equestrian events, cycling, and the list goes on and on. I for one am sick to death of volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball and gymnastics.
One last thought. Gymnastics provided last night a shining example why I don’t watch it or figure skating in the Olympics anymore. I just happened to be in the room when this went down so I was kind of stuck until I finally went to bed. The Japanese man working the pommel horse dang near fell on his head doing the dismount. That put them in 4th place with Britain getting the Silver and Ukraine receiving the bronze. But no the Japanese protested. He wasn’t falling he was doing a hand stand and the score should have been higher. The sad truth is we all saw it, they replayed it several times because the athlete from Japan was supposed to be perfection in and of himself. Of course the judges knuckled under. So Britain, the host country got bumped to bronze ( the first team medal in a century and one of the few gymnastic medals as well.) Although if you watch the interchange in the very beginning the Japanese coach has what looks to be money in his hand but I’m sure that’s just a coincidence. No one would really think that could happen in the Olympic Games.
If I cared about the sport of gymnastics I’d be making a formal complaint but I don’t, it’s all about politics within the sport just like Ice Skating. Which is why I’d rather watch curling, shooting or pingpong. At least in those sports you have to actually perform to the best of your ability. At least it will be that way until someone finds a way to sponsor it, make it sexy or otherwise debase it. It’s what we do.
Update: I mistakenly named Lithuania as the team bumped from the Bronze, my bad it was Ukraine. So sorry.