Monday, August 11, 2008
The 2008 Olympics
First of all, let me say, I really enjoy the summer olympics. There are so many diverse and interesting sports to watch.
What I don't like:
*professional athletes, like basketball players, tennis players (read: I love tennis, watch every chance I get, so no disrespect meant to my favorites like Federer and Nadal), etc....
*the pressure that the media puts on the athletes...
there was a swimmer that kept swimming, in both of her semi-finals, close to the (read:agh, I can't remember the word in English...but in Spanish they are the Carileras...) the, ok, hold on, I will open my translator...ok, can't find it...but anyways, the lane dividers. The first thing that the media asked her, despite her pulling in a great time to go into the final, was about her swimming close to them.... no good job, no how do you feel overall... NO, it is: so, how do you feel about swimming so close to the lane divider? is there something wrong?, etc...
example number two:
they couldn't stop talking about the mess of an affair with these two other female swimmers.... one from France and one from Italy... I won't get into it, but it was all about their personal lives.
What I do like:
I love to watch the swimming. It is now 1 a.m. here in Brazil, and I just finished watching the most amazing finish with the Men's 4 x 100 Medley. France was favored to win, and even one of the French swimmers said they would "smash the Americans"...but in the last 100 the American, Lezak, came from behind to win the Gold by 7 hundredths of a second! All four of the men, led off by Michael Phelps, were AMAZING
We used to swim 3 times a week in Venezuela... I think swimming is my favorite Summer Olympic sport...