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Olympics, yayz! - The Phantom Librarian
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fernwithy
fernwithy
Olympics, yayz!
Yes, I'm watching the Parade of Nations. For two hours, just watching people file into the stadium. And I'm giddily waving to every delegation from a country I know people online in. (Or that I know people offline from.) Whee! Hi, Australia and Belarus and Canada and Finland and France and Iceland and India and Ireland and Israel and Kenya and Great Britain (so far). Oh, and Germany. And kisses to Denmark, too. Apparently, no Indonesians to wave to, but I'll wave to my exchange sister in Yogya anyway, because I feel like it.

Oh, and now New Zealand! Hi!

Yes, I'm a geek.

Hello to everyone who hasn't come yet.

I love the Olympics.

EDIT: marycontraria's post reminded me that I'd been wondering... does anyone have the faintest idea what the cows were about? The commentary was just talking about mountains, and I've never really associated cows with mountains, so I don't know why people were dancing in cow-themed outfits with fake cows. Is Torino a big dairy area? :is social-studies-impaired after too many years out of school:

I feel a bit...: giddy giddy

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leelastarsky From: leelastarsky Date: February 11th, 2006 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Olympics? *is deeply confused* Have I missed even more than usual? I know I don't follow sport but...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 11th, 2006 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Winter Olympics in Torino. They start tonight. Well, actually, they started much earlier today and I'm just seeing them now, but they're going on.
leelastarsky From: leelastarsky Date: February 11th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah. Are they usually so out of sync with the standard Olympics? I thought they were usually staged the same yr, but in winter?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 11th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)
They used to be. I think they changed it in the early 1990s, having games in '94 rather than '92, so that now they're staggered.
lucie_p From: lucie_p Date: February 11th, 2006 10:34 am (UTC) (Link)
They did in fact have them in 1992 (Albertville, France) and in 1994 (Lillehammer, Norway) and ever since the Winter Games have been two years apart from the Summer Games. ;)
laureate05 From: laureate05 Date: February 11th, 2006 05:04 am (UTC) (Link)
As much as I love the Olympics, and I do (it will interrupt my normal viewing-habits possibly irreparably), I have never been able to watch the Parade of Nations all the way throught. It's always served as my warning to get on the ball and tune into NBC with a quickness.

Two quick questions you may know the answers to: is Michelle Kwan for sure, for sure skating this year? And is Apolo Ono as cute as ever?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 11th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Michelle Kwan is for sure skating, but they say she's a real longshot and is still recovering from her injury. They didn't show a close-up of Apolo.

My computer is right next to my TV, so I can surf and wave at the athletes at the same time, so I can usually get through it.

I wasn't sure I'd make it through the dancing cows, though.
kinderjedi From: kinderjedi Date: February 11th, 2006 06:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I was confused by the cows too, though it was oddly amusing to watch the fake cows going in circles. The placard-bearers (or whatever they're called- the women who carried the signs with the country names) were interesting, also, with their mountain skirts complete with trees and skiiers. :D
kat_denton From: kat_denton Date: February 11th, 2006 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)
There were a couple of strange things in there. And a deeply disturbing guy with his innards on the outside of his leotard. I know this is a highly acclaimed ballet dancer, but EWWWWWWW. I liked him better in the part where he was a guy from the Carnivale.

I loved the 'circe de sole' like vertical ballet, though and the Rennisance flags. Pavaroti still has his pipes *G*. Very good start to the games.

buongiornodaisy From: buongiornodaisy Date: February 11th, 2006 08:07 am (UTC) (Link)
The Parade of Nations was the best part of the Opening Ceremony. Because it was the least bizarre.
lucie_p From: lucie_p Date: February 11th, 2006 10:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: cows

I sadly was unable to follow the Opening Ceremony, but here are my thoughts nonetheless:

There is a custom in southern Germany as it is in northern Italy - apparently anywhere in the Alps. This is to send up the cows to the higher mountain reaches during summertime, when there is grass instead of snow up there. Once Autumn comes, they are "paraded" back down into the villages, which is a big, big event, like a carnival.



My guess is that this was somehow portrayed during the ceremony, as it would be typical for the region.
titti From: titti Date: February 11th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: cows

That's exactly right. While Torino per se is a very industrialized city, if not one of the most industrialized in Italy, the other areas rely on the Alps.

And hey, if you've ever watched Heidi you know that they spend the summer up in the mountains. *g*
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 11th, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: cows

Ah, thank you! See, that would have been much more useful commentary. Interesting, too.
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: February 11th, 2006 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
The Alps are great dairy areas. Hence Swiss chocolate, not to mention yummy cheese from every part of the Alps.
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: February 11th, 2006 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Also, the Swiss sking team used to be sposered by Milka and ski in suits that resembled purple cow hide.

Someone please confirm I didn't dream that.
akashasheiress From: akashasheiress Date: February 11th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bah, you wont see me.:/
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 11th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll wave anyway. Hi, Faroe Islands! :D
akashasheiress From: akashasheiress Date: February 11th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi!:D *waves back*

Maybe some day.
caitie From: caitie Date: February 11th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
What was with the disco and American pop music. Van Halen at the Olympic ceremony! Who'd have thunk it?

Although... now that I think about it, KISS performed in Salt Lake City. So.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 11th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was the Village People who frightened me, honestly.
From: st_sophie Date: February 14th, 2006 06:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh yay Olympics. I love any sort of Olympics.

Watch out for Torah Bright from Australia in the snowboarding, one of the few sports we might have a hope in.

I'm looking foward to the Commonwealth games, tho - they're in Melbourne! Of course, the US aren't in that one.

~Sophie
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