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I'm watching lightweight scull heats, and looking forward to swimming… - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
I'm watching lightweight scull heats, and looking forward to swimming races. I spoiled myself on the gymnastics results last night (well, night before last, in China), but I watched with great fascination anyway. I even watched half a basketball game, which may well be a record for me. (I'm proud of our basketball guys, who seem to really be making an effort at international sportsmanship this year, even if it's impractical to have them in the Olympic village. I wonder if they could make good manners fashionable, if they keep it up when they come back. Imagine the power we could harness if kids got competing to see who could be more of a gentleman!)

I'm just amused at myself. I studiously ignore sports other than the World Series (if the Sox are in it), the Superbowl (if the Bills or Pats are in it), and the Olympics. But when it comes to the Olympics, I'm like, "Oh, yes, so the British have been changing their strategy in 4-man lightweight scull, and they beat the Danes earlier, but the Greeks are obviously a force to be reckoned with..." Granted, I'm fed all of it by the media, but I don't care. It's all good.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 10th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I've been sleepy and not staying up for Equestrian, but I should check it out. That's pretty and telegenic. I'm off for a couple of days.

The road race is still being shown in bits and pieces here, but I always spoil myself for the ones that aren't live, so go Nicole Cooke!
thornyrose42 From: thornyrose42 Date: August 10th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
See I was justifying watching the gymnastics with the argument well we might make the top eight, we really might this year, see we're still in, just... and oh no the French have just pushed us out, damn the French.

Now I just watch it because, well, personally I find it more entertaining than cycling/sailing where I really couldn't tell who was in the lead. I tried to watch Cooke's race but I really couldn't tell who was who. But still yay us!!
daksian From: daksian Date: August 10th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Olympics can be addictive to some. We Canadians generally don't do well in the Summer Games, but the interest is intense for the Winter Games (when everyone becomes an expert). 2010 will be huge with the games in Vancouver. I guarantee you I'll be spouting statistics for not only hockey, but figure skating, curling, downhill skiing and a host of other sports. :P
alkari From: alkari Date: August 10th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll have the little TV on in my office today, watching for whatever snippets they show from the Eventing. Australia is actually in the lead after the dressage (wonders will never cease!), so it's fingers crossed for the cross country.

Was having lunch with a couple of long-time riding friends yesterday, and we were laughing about one of our Eventing team members, Shane Rose. We remember him as a rough and tumble teenager at our riding club and local pony club - a gung-ho, enthusiastic and very talented kid, who sometimes kept watchers with their hearts in their mouths. "He didn't just take that jump at that angle, did he?!" Oh yes, he did ...! He's done it tough, and is actually lucky to be alive. A couple of years ago there was a terrible accident where a horse kicked his face in: Shane was in a coma and basically had his whole face reconstructed, but there he is, on a horse owned by another person we know from the Club, riding at the Olympics. Go Shane, and go the rest of the team.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 11th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC) (Link)
You're doing better than me when it comes to watching. I watched last year, but the only part I was really looking forward to this year was the opening ceremony. And I was twenty miles away, putting on a show. >.>
cleindori From: cleindori Date: August 11th, 2008 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)
My boyfriend has just picked up a USB TV tuner thing for his brand-new iMac -- the main purpose of which will, eventually, be to connect a Wii. In the meantime, though, we have an old set of rabbit ears from his parents and so are watching fuzzy fencing on the CBC. I may need to put together a watching schedule now (even if, as daksian noted, we Canadians are pretty much pants at summer events).

One of our swimmers has come down with the chicken pox, of all things, and hasn't been able to compete...
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: August 11th, 2008 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha, I am the same. Man, I love the olympics! My poor husband is already bored, though he got into the gymnastics prelims. How amazing was that 4x100 relay last night?
From: kobegrace Date: August 11th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
For me, it's the Winter Olympics that get me going. First of all, I think Canada tends to fare better in the Winter Olympics. Second of all, I have the hugest, HUGEST crush on Shaun White (Team USA, for anyone who doesn't know), and I get particularly nutty whenever I see him snowboard.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 16th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)


did you catch the HP invisibility cloak mention during the crew races this afternoon?! some announcer really loves HP...
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