Posted by admin at August 23rd, 2008
The last two weeks of the Olympics has truly been an opiate for me. I loved watching the live video feeds and the videos from competitions that I missed because of the time difference. I will remember the pageantry and beauty of the opening ceremonies, and the cool, obscure sports that are brought to the limelight. I mean….watching racewalking? 8 person rowing? team handball? men’s and women’s field hockey? WAY COOL!
I have two favorite moments from the Olympics just because they demonstrate just how much this sports event means to people. We in the US do not have the corner on patriotism.
MOMENT #1: Quarterfinals of the women’s badminton doubles….China V. Japan. Those two Japanese girls were elated to beat the Chinese pair. They fell to their knees in disbelief and the emotion poured out of them. Knowing the world history behind these two nations, I took a look at the audience reaction. Those icy Chinese folks: You could’ve heard a pin drop in that section of the arena.
MOMENT #2: I had to combine these two into one just because it was equally a great experience for me. USA rocks in beach volleyball. My hats off to the US men’s and women’s pairs. Bump, set…KILL!!!!!