Since the Olympics are ending today, I thought I’d share a few observations, questions, and things I’ve learned over the past two weeks. I may still not be the biggest fan ever, but I watched — and enjoyed — more this summer than in many past years.
- Why is it that male gymnasts are able to perform with minimal use of sequins, music, and eye makeup, yet the female gymnasts seem to use as much of all three as possible? It’s an athletic competition (and a damned difficult one, at that) not a dance recital.
- I find it strange that the NHL suspends the hockey season during the Olympics so that players can join the teams for their home nations, but MLB doesn’t. My brother’s theory is that it’s because they don’t want the US to get their ass kicked by the Dominican Republic (the likely outcome, I’ll acknowledge). Of course, it’s moot now that baseball is no longer going to be an Olympic sport.
- I think the scheduling is unfortunate. The two sports I like most — swimming and gymnastics — are stacked up in the first week, and then I pretty much tune out, except for a random volleyball game here and there. I can’t be the only viewer with strong preferences, so it seems like it would be better to have things spread out a bit. It also seems like it would be less punishing on the athletes physically.
- I so don’t get the rhythmic gymnastics events. They can be kind of interesting to watch, but it seems like awarding medals for a Cirque de Soleil audition, rather than for a sport.
- This article answered a question I didn’t even realize I had. Fascinating! (Hat tip to the D.C. Sports Bog for the link.)
- Men’s Olympic swimming is clearly the highest and best use of HDTV technology.
Oh, and I totally didn’t finish my skirt project for the Ravelympics. When I decided to sign up, I really didn’t think at all about how much knitting a 20.5-inch-long skirt would take when the actual width of my body was taken into account. (A lot, as it turns out.) I have 11 inches done, though, which is a lot more progress than I would have made in two weeks if I hadn’t challenged myself.
Updated to correct the article link, which was to page two of the story, not the beginning. Clearly, after reading it, I instantly decided to post it, not even taking the time to click back to the first page.