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Like a lot of Americans, I've watched my fair share of the Olympics. I bleed red, white & blue and love to see us dominate other countries. I can't say that I sit around and wait for certain events to happen, but every time I turn it on, I end up watching for an extended period of time. Also, like a lot of Americans, I don't follow most of these sports until the Olympics come around. So, I learn a lot during this time. Here are a few examples:
1. Gymnastics are the most amazing and confusing thing ever. I don't think I've ever seen anything as cool as when a gymnist is doing a floor routine (I think that's what you call it) and it looks like they are going to dive into the ground and all of the sudden, they roll and pop right back up. I'm not sure why, but that blows my mind. Now for the confusing part... I believe it was China who was in 4th with their mens team and all of the sudden they protested the scoring and ended up getting the Silver. While all of the confusion was happening, I swear the announcer said "If it's approved, they get their money back." I can't even begin to guess what in the world that meant. And don't even get me started on the scoring. Complete confusion. So, just like with a lot of these sports, when watching gymnastics, I sit back, watch, become dumbfounded by what they can do, and hope that a medal goes around the necks of the Americans in the end.
2. The water polo athletes are way bigger men than me. Let's break this sport down: These guys are in the water, swimming the whole time and just getting completely rocked and almost drowned every time by the other team. If you take away the other team, I don't think I could do this sport. You know how hard it is to swim for that long of a period of time? You rarely see me in the water without a noodle. It's just too much work. And then on top of that, you add in a group of men, too strong for their own good, trying to dunk you constantly. Seeing this, I get flashbacks of going to the wave pool at White Water, just praying I don't get stuck under a tube for 10 seconds. My life flashed before my eyes every time. And these guys do pretty much the same thing willingly. I believe I'll pass on that.
3. The less clothing you wear in beach volleyball, the easier it is, apparently. They've had some 50 degree weather in London during the games, but that doesn't seem to phase some of these women beach volleyball teams. If it's 50 degrees out, you better believe I'm wearing jeans and a flannel, but they still wear swimsuits... or half swimsuits. I believe it was the Argentina women playing and I just felt uncomfortable watching them. It was like I was watching something I wasn't suppose to. Not sure if they do this for ratings, because I'm sure it helps, but I sure hope there weren't too many kids watching it. What would your mothers think, ladies? Cover up. Sorry guys...
Being almost clueless about a majority of the events that happen in the Olympics, I'm sure I'll learn more and more as time goes on. But, one thing I've known for a while is that I like all of these "Call Me Maybe" videos, this one included: