We’re a few days into the Olympics and I just started watching. I was crazy for the 2008 Summer games and am just now getting into the excitement of Winter Olympic events. But honestly, I don’t quite know why.
Last night I watched Alpine Skiing, Snowboard X, and Figure Skating. It’s weird because I don’t know the first thing about any of these sports. I snowboard about once a year, but don’t know what’s involved in a downhill five person race and neither does Bob Costas or Cris Collinsworth. Yet, every two years the whole world spends two weeks watching and acting like we all do. I’m sure you know that sports fan that spends the day recapping the previous night’s events.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy seeing these sports that I don’t see on a regular basis mixed in with the ones that I do. I particularly enjoyed both the “Redeem Team” in basketball in the summer games and Michael Phelps’ 8 gold medal run in various swimming events.
I think the reason we all get into the Olympics really has nothing to do with the actual sports that are involved. How many people really like the sport of the biathalon? Not me. We watch for the stories. The 1/100th of a second that sets you apart from Gold or Silver and the life stories each of the athlete’s bring to the host country.
Are you watching the Olympics? Why or why not?