Monday, August 22, 2016

28 Things - The 2016 Olympic Version

Hello fine folks!

I'm glad you're here!

Well the Olympics are over.

I can't help but feel a little empty.

It's been a good two weeks.

My TV said "thank you" when I finally changed the channel from NBC. I mean it has all that variety to offer and I just ran the same channel for two whole weeks.

Here are some thoughts I have about the whole dang thing...

1.Probably the most important thing that happened in the Olympics as a whole was the introduction of the Refugee Olympic Team. A ten person team was chosen from a body of 43 potential refugee athletes. In the words of Thomas Bach, IOC President, "This will be a symbol of hope for all the refugees in our world, and will make the world better aware of the magnitude of this crisis. It is also a signal to the international community that refugees are our fellow human beings and are an enrichment to society. These refugee athletes will show the world that despite the unimaginable tragedies that they have faced, anyone can contribute to society through their talent, skills and strength of the human spirit.” 
I encourage you to read more about this and view the stories of the refugee athletes here.

I say "Thank yo" to the Olympic International Committee, from the bottom of my heart.

2. Am I the only one that noticed the different arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner? Am I crazy? I mean, I don't blame anyone if they didn't notice, because it wasn't like it was THAT different. But it was different. I swear.

3. One of the wonderful things that you can observe at the Olympics is the joy of the athletes who come in 2nd and 3rd. You very seldom see this at other sporting events. In a world that often says "coming in 2nd just means you're the first loser," I found this very refreshing.

4. And speaking of refreshing ... did you know they have chick (females, not ducks) wrestling in the Olympics? I did not either. I thought that was a boy thing. Of course they didn't actually SHOW the matches on TV, but they did manage to cover the United States female wrestler (Helen Maroulis) that won a Gold Medal. You may have already seen this on facebook, but if not, you might want to know that there are some really great young people with fantastic perspectives in the world. I am including here a portion of her response when she was asked about a particular Olympian who appeared to 'steal her thunder' by monopolizing all the attention and press on the day she won her gold medal - ... "Not surprisingly, Maroulis is as poised and comfortable off the mat as she is on it. She was asked whether she was bothered that the controversy surrounding swimmer Ryan Lochte overshadowed her big day, and her answer was a reminder of what drives most Olympians to compete at this level. Hint: It’s not mega-sponsorship checks and primetime interviews with Billy Bush.
“I didn’t come here to win a gold medal for the media attention,” she said. “I didn’t come here to win a gold medal in order to find something within myself or some peace within myself. I found that self-worth before I stepped on the mat. I think that’s why I won the gold medal.
“Yesterday was about stepping on the mat and just wrestling to the best of my ability and really taking joy in what I do. If they covered Ryan Lochte over my match, well, I think that’s a poor decision on their part, but I’m not running the show. My job is to be a wrestler, and I stepped on the mat and did what I needed to do. I’m happy with the results.” source Rick Maese, The Washington Post

5. Since you brought up Ryan Locthe, I'll say this - In the early days of the Olympics, when the focus was primarily on the swimming and gymnastics teams, a lot of Ryan's publicity focused on his age, 32, and how he was finally growing up and maturing. And I thought, "well it's about time!" Hmmmm, it appears that perhaps he is has not matured quite as much as he would like us to think.  And to quote Forest Gump "That's all I've got to say about that."

6. Somewhere on facebook I saw an article entitled "Why Women Beach Volleyball Players Still Wear Bikini's. I didn't read it. But I should have because I had been asking myself that over and over again.

7. Man those female gymnasts are good!!!! Well spoken and gracious as well. Did you know that one of their outfits - the ones they wear while performing - cost over $1200? That's a lot.

8. Did you catch my rant on facebook about the pigs on Fox News who felt it necessary to engage in a discussion about how the females in the Olympics should wear makeup so that they (the men) didn't have to look at the athlete's zits and other imperfections. You can see it all on my facebook. I can't figure out how to link it so if you want to see it you will have to look. sorry.
It still makes my heart race!

9. My favorite little diddys in the TV coverage were the flashes of the flag of whatever country that they were talking about. They had done mosaic reproductions of the flags of many of the participating nations. They were gorgeous. And I kept asking myself, "where on earth did they find all of that red ceramic tile? I've NEVER been able to find red tile for MY projects!" 

10. My favorite athlete in these Olympics? Katie Ledecky.  The most poised, accomplished 19 year old I've ever seen.  DANNNNNNG GIRL!!!! You're GOOD!

11.I'm glad I took the time to really listen and watch this year. The stories are incredible. So many men and women who's lives are filled with challenges that would have wiped out a lot of us.

12. Good story. The guy who won the bronze medal for the U.S in the marathon - Galen Rupp - was running his second marathon. EVER. His first? In the Olympic trials.  I mean, he is an Olympic quality runner - in the 10,000 meters. That's nothing compared to 26.2 miles.

13. Volleyball is fun. I don't know when, but they changed the rules from the old-fashioned ones I remembered. Remember how when you play volleyball and the other team is serving and the other team lost service when you won the point?  Except you didn't actually get a point, you only got the ball back? Well all that has changed. Now every point is scored whether you are the serving team or not. If you win the point you get serve back as well. That makes the games go a lot faster. And they're more exciting.

14. One morning I wasted like two hours watching single white water kayaking. Wow! That looks so fun! I'm sure it's difficult as hell, but it sure looked fun!

15. Basketball players are tall. Even when they look short on TV they are still tall.

16 Gymnasts are short. Even when they look tall on TV they are still short.

17. The most important (favorite) sports in Brazil? Soccer of course, but also volleyball and beach volleyball. Even this American could get excited about their men's teams winning the gold medal in ALL THREE!

18. I'm sold. Brazil has got to be an amazing place to visit. And fun.

19. I thought I was watching a video game the first time I saw the basketball courts. They were bright green! Not the whole court, but enough that the green kind of jumped off the TV screen.

20. Michael Phelps. I'm glad you are growing up.

21. It must be hard to live your teenage and college years in the public eye.

22. I love watching people who don't expect to win medals win medals. It's the sweetest thing.

23. Those guys who wanted the girls to wear makeup? Hope they were happy with the track athletes. There's some serious bling in track running.

24. A surprising number of sprinters wear wigs when they run.

25. Hmmmmm. That wouldn't work for me.

26. Aren't you glad that I'm on 26?

27. I didn't think I would make it this far!

28. Synchronized swimming. People still do that.

and just for fun . . .

I'm sure that a lot of you did not watch the Olympics. I hope some of you did.

Are you a watcher? A non-watcher?

What was your favorite thing?

I'm sure I forgot something very important. I should have written this as I was watching.

Oh well. 

It's on to American Ninja Warrior for me . . .


kddomingue said...

My hubs watched the Olympics, therefore I watched the Olympics. The Olympics concluded and hubs and boychild moved on to American Ninja Warriorso I too moved on to American Ninja Warrior. The other channels on my TV are complaining loudly. thirty two one should not be behaving like a
frat boy. The media should not be giving you a pass for acting like a frat boy no matter how great a swimmer you are. And the media should not be giving you a pass for LYING and making FALSE STATEMENTS and being rude, juvenile and boorish whilst in a host country.

Synchronized swimming! Ah! Wasn't that beautiful?

Why do the women volley ball players wear bikinis while the male volleyball players wear clothes? If the women have to wear bikinis, the men should have to wear Speedos.....the genders should have equal opportunity to have sand migrate with ease to irritate tender bits and family parts.

Some men are know, the ones that think a woman shouldn't go about with a naked face but it's totally cool for the guys?

How about the pole vaulter who stopped mid run, laid down his pole and stood at attention because they had started playing the national anthem? Hats off to a proud American!

Okay, off to do housework!

rush said...

Don't worry about only watching the Olympics...there was NOTHING ELSE on anyway. The channels are barren and will continue to be until the new season starts. Whatever happened to off season mini-series and such? My wife is watching reruns of The Big Bang Theory, so I am watching reruns of The Big Bang Theory. After that, I go to the computer and waste the rest of my evening there!

Please don't use "chick" when referring to women. Men aren't referred to as "drakes" or, heaven forbid "cocks". Give women the respect of calling them what they are: women.

There's so much misogyny on Faux News that they aren't even credible any more. Even the women are guilty of it. What's bad is that the men who were commenting on how the women look weren't much to look at themselves, no matter how much makeup they wore. There is a double standard, and Faux News will perpetuate it until they are out of breath. And, when one is out of breath, the next idiot will take over. {BTW, Fox won a law suit stating that they didn't have to report the truth. Go figure.}

Sandra Boynton's son was on a white water rafting team. (She's an artist.)

We enjoyed the women's gymnastics the most. They have the most amazing moves. We were in awe. We couldn't keep up with what was on at which time, so we snagged a few minutes here and there. We weren't interested in everything, but what we did spend some time on was amazing.

Donna Wilkes said...

I am a certified Olympic geek which makes me a certifiable insane TV watcher for two weeks every two years. I was so proud of the athletes who were there to participate - the heck with winning. Women sprinters refer to their makeup as war paint - they do look quite fierce.

kddomingue said...


I must remember, the next time I hear a grown man who should know better, call a grown woman a "chick" to somehow manage to call him a duckling perhaps. Drake is too dignified., lol!

The Big Bang Theory reruns are an excellent choice when nothing else is on.

Summer said...

It has really been a good two weeks ♥

Bliss said...

I accidentally watched a running part of the Olympics, don't ask what part. I thought that swimmer dude that got in trouble was like 22, at 32 he should of known better. And I might rather enjoy chick wrestling, ducks that is.

Art and Sand said...

We don't have cable so we could not watch any of the Olympics so thanks for this commentary. Unfortunately we know about Ryan L and unfortunately for him, that's the last he will be heard of.

I coached volleyball for about 6 years and it is such a fun sport. It's so much fun when it is played correctly - 3 hits before it goes back over the net. We used to tell our players, "this isn't tennis!"


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