I must admit I'm more of a summer than winter Olympics girl. The summer Olympics just seem less elitist. More countries send delegations, and although I don't want to bother looking it up, I get the feeling that more countries are represented in the final medal count too. Sure there are like 4 countries that seem to dominate, but there is always one event, be it archery or weightlifting or long-distance running, when one person from a country with a small, practically non-existent national sports program can make history.
Of course, you wouldn't know it from watching TV coverage here in the US. Sports where the US doesn't traditionally dominate don't seem to get a lot, or any, airtime. Look, I'm all about national pride, but the Olympics offer A TON of fascinating human interest stories, and a lot of the stars of those stories don't speak English. I wish we'd get to see more of them. I want to know more about the guy from Guatemala who won a silver medal in the 20k race walk, or the woman from Armenia who won a bronze medal in weightlifting. I'm sure there are some heartwarming tears to be shed...but so far, I haven't had to mop up any, which is a rarity for me.
My favorite sport in the Olympics has always been gymnastics. I remember being glued to the TV as a wee little tot watching Nadia Comaneci and her little ponytail sailing through the air. That was way back when Russia was still the U.S.S.R. and a tiny little girl from a little country like Romania could become an international star, earn a perfect 10, and build Olympic programs.
|Poor dusty Misha/Sasha. He's 32!!|
I will continue to spend the next week or so watching what I can of the Olympics, suplementing what I can't watch on TV online, and showing my support of the games by painting my nails gold, silver and bronze. (I'm all about the winner's bling!) I think I'll give ole' Sasha a little cleaning while I'm at it...after all, he's my Olympic prize.