Random thoughts as the 2012 London Olympic Games draws to a close:
- I am still disappointed that there was no observation for the slain 1972 Munich Olympic athletes and coaches in the opening ceremony. The Olympics have had moments of silence during the opening ceremony before for deceased athletes in the past. While the International Olympic Committee (IOC) equates this slaying to “politics” and that is something the IOC does not mix itself up in. However, by not including the 11 killed Olympians in the ceremony, did they not already show a political side and therefore contradicting themselves?! Shameful. I am hardly the only one who feels the IOC is wrong on this subject. [Here is a very personal viewpoint from a son of one of the victims.] The opening ceremony costed approximately $42 million. Who knows they could have saved a couple of thousand by having one minute of long overdue silence for the innocent men…
- A big chest bump to the women representing the U.S.A Team. It was the first time in history that women athletes outnumbered men, 269 women to 261 men.
- How do athletes not tip over in Rowing races?! The narrow boats coupled with the rowers’ quick movement seem to be the perfect combination for capsizing. There is probably a scientific explanation for it but it just reiterates the fact that I never much liked science or small and narrow boats. The boats themselves also remind me of an old exercise machine my parents had in the basement, the sport and the exercise machine look somewhat like a medieval torture device.
- Cycling in the rain?! I don’t even bike in the sun so major props to those who managed not to wipe out during the women’s cycling event.
- Water polo gives me a great deal of water anxiety. As I was watching the first match between the US and Montenegro, I experienced flashbacks of sitting in a packed movie theater watching Titanic and feeling like the walls were closing in. I reigned myself in before I could start screaming “Watch out for the iceberg you idiots!”
- The downfall of having basic cable right now is the fact that I missed all the Ping-Pong action and, subsequently, the opportunity to insert Forrest Gump quotes. “For some reason, ping-pong came very natural to me. . . . so I started playing it all the time. I played ping-pong even when I didn’t have anyone to play ping-pong with. . . . Even Lieutenant Dan would come and watch me play. I played ping-pong so much, I even played it in my sleep.”
- River kayaking is called “Canoeing.” Ummm being from the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” that is NOT canoeing…
- The sport of Racewalking reminds me of mall walkers, except for the lack of fanny-pack action.
Overall, I thought the London Games were pretty good. What did you guys think? Any memorable/disappointing moments for you?