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Old 07-31-2016, 06:59 PM   #21
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Watched it as a kid. Jim McKay, up close and personal and all that. Mesmerized. Today, not so much.
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Women's beach volleyball should be "extra good" in Rio -
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Nope, just not very interested anymore.
1) (I hate to admit it but) the end of the Cold War did take some to the drama out of the games for me, and lowered the stakes. Definitely this is an overall "good news" item, but still . . .
2) The steroid stuff is just too much. Clean athletes can hardly compete in many events, and we don't find out until years later that the winners were on the juice.

I don't know why, but the winter games now capture my interest more than the summer games.
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I don't know why, but the winter games now capture my interest more than the summer games.
I find this as well. And it isn't just that Canada tends to do better from a medal point of view at the Winter Games.
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We'll record the opening and closing ceremonies, and watch them as background noise during dinner when we have nothing to talk about. If I don't want a sport for three years, it seems pretty pointless to feign interest in the fourth year. Meanwhile, international pageantry and national cultural pride are things I find myself interested in all through.
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Though we like the Winter editions more than Summer, we really enjoy the Olympics, so we'll watch as much as we can. Just hope Rio doesn't embarrass themselves and/or spoil the competition. I follow sailing in particular and that venue is a complete abomination...all countries should have refused to participate, but no chance that would happen.
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I will watch plenty.

I think a lot of the disinterest is because we don't have context. Many of us have never done a winter biathlon, or any kind of gymnastics, for example. Or maybe your biking and swimming was never timed, and you never ran any kind of race, even a simple 5k. But if you have context, you see just how amazing these athletes are. And of course, some events transcend personal context. I think figure skating is one, where artistry and physicality come together.

I have context with: swimming, running, biking and volleyball. When I see the times, or plays in the case of vball, I just can't believe it.

I once was a swimming official for a warm up event to Olympic qualifying. Being there on the deck, I was just completely blown away by the achievements I saw.

However, if I watch rowing, I fall asleep. I don't understand what the accomplishment is. No context. I didn't go to Ivy League schools. Yet I'm sure a bunch of Ivy League alumni can't wait to see the rowing. Etc...
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Nope, just not very interested anymore.

1) (I hate to admit it but) the end of the Cold War did take some to the drama out of the games for me, and lowered the stakes. Definitely this is an overall "good news" item, but still . . .
2) The steroid stuff is just too much. Clean athletes can hardly compete in many events, and we don't find out until years later that the winners were on the juice.

I don't know why, but the winter games now capture my interest more than the summer games.
Yes... same here. Winter games are much more enjoyable these days. With all the doping and cheating and IOC corruption, the summer games have become a very sordid spectacle, IMHO. But even still, I'll probably give in and watch some soccer and volleyball, maybe a little track and field, but that's about it.
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I will watch the women's soccer matches and maybe the marathon events.


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Will probably watch a good bit of it. Having spent career in water resources, find the pollution aspects and athlete exposure pretty amazing. Given the exposure one would expect I'd be amazed if there isn't reporting of a good bit of illness. Hope not for the athletes, but expect it.

Standing back a bit, I've gotten pretty damn cynical about Olympics, World Cup etc. The corruption and doping just makes it all a bit hard to commit to for me. Yes, I know there are clean athletes who work their hearts out, but the cloud makes it hard for me to see through.
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This is what the average American Olympic athlete looks like, collectively and broken down by sport -

The Average American Athlete
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This is what the average American Olympic athlete looks like, collectively and broken down by sport -

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Cool link, thanks!

Despite all the criticism surrounding the organization (much of which is well-earned) I think the Olympic competitions are a lot of fun and will watch. Most of the athletes are true amateurs and obviously so happy to be there that their joy is contagious. It's a great time to be retired, eh.
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This is what the average American Olympic athlete looks like, collectively and broken down by sport -

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So the average American athlete is blurry? Interesting. At first I thought I had misplaced my glasses.
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So the average American athlete is blurry? Interesting. At first I thought I had misplaced my glasses.

Not sure about the athletes, but some of the spectators might be...
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On a good day.
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We'll record the opening and closing ceremonies, and watch them as background noise during dinner when we have nothing to talk about. If I don't want a sport for three years, it seems pretty pointless to feign interest in the fourth year. Meanwhile, international pageantry and national cultural pride are things I find myself interested in all through.
Reminds me of a substitute teaching gig during the Winter Olympics one year (1992?) Students BEGGED me to let them watch a hockey game that was being aired during the school day. They all swore that they were HUGE hockey fans. So I said, "Sure, if any of you can explain 'icing' to me we'll watch the game." ...crickets... So we went on with the lesson plan for the day.

OP - no, I probably won't watch any of the events. I'll probably check up on the golf results, but won't bother to watch.
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I've lost interest in most of the competitions where the results are determined my judges. Don't trust any of them, have seen too many bad choices over the years.
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I enjoy seeing the variety of sports out there that we really only get to see every four years. In the summer, things like shooting (I'm not a gun fan but love to watch the precision of the shooting), gymnastics (I prefer the men to the women but watch both), rowing, kayaking, fencing, etc. Winter I enjoy the sleds, cross-country skiing, biathlon (more shooting), etc.

And I'll watch some soccer and track & field. Maybe some basketball.
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I enjoy the Olympics. I don't watch continuously but I try to catch some of my favorites. Gymnastics and swimming are my favorites
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Last games, I accidentally happened upon men's beach volleyball...what's with that?
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