The Olympics are over, but I still keep thinking about some of the great thrills I got from of my many hours of viewing. I also remember disappointments, but those are fading faster. Thanks to DVR I can save and PLAY some of the former and FF through the latter.
My favorites are, of course the sports I played, coached, or officiated-soccer, track and field, gymnastics-but I very much admire the skills of athletes in any other sport. I just am not interested in watching very much of beach volleyball, though I would like to play it if I were 50 years younger, and the cooler was filled with cold pilsners.
I am not a swimmer, but enjoyed the racing, and diving maybe because of the similarities to track and gymnastics. Water polo and team handball might have similarities to soccer, but ugh! I know, many people love water polo, and many hate soccer. Good for them.
And good for me, I was able to watch events on six different channels.
NBC received much criticism for their coverage, some from me, but I appreciate their spreading coverage to all of their channels, especially dedicating soccer games to one place with limited commercials. The soccer experience alone made London 2012 a wonderful experience for me.
-The fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, is indeed a legend in my opinion, no sprinter has ever looked better; but his antics are a big detraction. I like Bullet Bob Hayes more.
-Playing not-to-win: The badminton teams that were DQ'd for not trying were blatant, pathetic and insulting to athletes and fans of all sports. The Japan soccer team also played a game to tie, not win, to gain a favorable match-up in the next round. They, however, played with much effort, and did not make a mockery of the match. Knowlegable fans knew what they were doing, but also realized the risk, and skill involved in pulling it off.
-I was quite displeased to hear all of the talk of medal counts. Some sports (athletes) do not have the opportunity to enter many events; for most it is one event and done. Bravo to Michael Phelps and winning 20? medals. He is a great athlete and worked hard for them. He deserves the acclaim. But, I got tired of hearing about it.
-I never looked at, or paid attention to the tally of medals by country. Nice that the USA won a lot, and GB won a bunch, too. I hope all of the countries won at least one, as did Uganda.
-Delayed broadcasts and so many commercials. Yuk!
-Yea! for USA women's soccer and gymnastics, Gabby Douglas, Missy Franklin, David Boudia, Meb Keflezighi ,Jennifer Suhr, and a lot more who provided us with thrills watching their great achievements
-Sad that softball was absent from the Games.
-I like that some sports limited professionals from eligible performers. Men's soccer limited it's roster to 3 players over the age of 23. I watched none of the basketball, though I greatly admire Lebron, coach K, and the others. Members of professional leagues should not be in the Olympics. I hope the golfers in Rio 2016 are amateurs. I will not watch Tiger, Phil, Rory, or for that matter Jack, Arnie, or Gary, if they are competing in Rio. I ordinarily can't get enough golf, but that would be too much.