Wednesday, August 1, 2012

obsessing over the London 2012 Olympics

We've been glued to the television watching the Olympics over here. (I've also been glued to Twitter and the NBC Olympics website.) I'll be the first to admit I've never really paid a lot of attention to the games growing up, but the last few years I've gotten more and more into sports (specifically college basketball, the NFL, and recently the NHL) so it was slightly more appealing in the weeks leading up to it, but I had no idea I would get so wrapped up in it. This year, the Parade of Nations captivated me and in those first moments, even before watching any competitions, I knew I was hooked.

The conclusion of the Parade of Nations and Opening Ceremonies

I said it that first night, and I'll say it again - it's so refreshing to see so many talented athletes from across the world gather in one place in the name of respectful, friendly competition. (I know some punches have been thrown and some harsh words have been said, but all-in-all, everyone is playing nice. Those who aren't have been penalized.)

My favorites have easily been the women's swimming and gymnastics competitions. I mentioned a little about the swimming Sunday. But more recently, Missy Franklin's win in the 100m backstroke Monday night was incredible! The girl swam a 200m freestyle semi-final, had a fourteen minute break, and then won gold!

Not to mention the US gymnastics team is amazing! I've never cared about competitive gymnastics before. Ever. I've been glued to the competition. I took my lunch break late so I could watch the team final live. Obsessed! It was so hard to sit at my desk and refrain from clapping or cheering as I watched them work their way to gold! (I'm actually re-watching as I write this. Still brilliant work.)

We've also watched some of the men's swimming and water polo, women's soccer, handball, beach volleyball, and some equestrian competitions here and there. I'm definitely going to go back and re-watch a few of those events. The only thing I really have to say about any of them off the top of my head is that I'm over the rivalry the media has tried to create between Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps. They've both won some, they've both lost some, and at the end of the day they are both gold medalists and their victories should be celebrated! There's no sense in trying to blame loses on anyone else, seriously. Also, they were both on the relay team that won gold last night in the 4x200m freestyle relay, so that should satisfy everyone for a while!
Missy Franklin in the 100m backstroke final, just before she won gold!
Jordyn Wieber
Gabby Douglas
Aly Raisman
McKayla Maroney
Kyla Ross

I'm so happy for all of those who qualified for the Olympics, their hard work and determination paid off in a big way even before competing for any medals, and that goes for every country not just Team USA. I could never do the things these people have done, they are incredibly skilled, talented, and dedicated.

Other than Team USA: I'm also rooting for Louis Smith on Great Britian's men's gymnastics team. Our guys have been paling in comparison, give the man all the gold! Also, big congrats to Canada's gymnasts for taking their team to the team final for the first time EVER this year! They were fantastic! And, I cannot forget about 15-year-old Ruta Meilutyte from Lithuania who was shocked when she won gold in the 100m breaststroke, so precious!

I'm certainly proud of our team for the medals they've earned and those that they hopefully will earn in the coming days! I have no plans to stop watching now! I love the Olympics! Go Team USA!

Are you watching?


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