August '12 - The Olympics.
never been into the Olympics. For me sport is
something I've never been interested in and I
never saw the point of watching it. Sport is
something that is fun to play, and good
exercise, but not exciting to watch. To me
the Olympics is just one big waste of money.
The government spend billions on it then take
away money from disabled people calling them
putting my opinion of the big expense aside,
I did find it a lot more enjoyable that I
thought I would.
opening ceremony was fun, although parts of
it dragged on and on, but generally speaking
there were a lot of fun sequences. The main
part I liked was when Mr Bean was part of an
orchestra. It was the crowd's reaction when
they realised it was him that was the most
funny part. I didn't like the James Bond and
Queen sequence though, because it was almost
making a joke at the Queen belittling who she
closing ceremony wasn't as good but there
were some good sequences in it such as the
acrobats. The worst part is that all the
singers were repeatedly announced on TV
before the actual event ruining the surprise.
I would have enjoyed the Spice Girls a lot
more if I never knew beforehand that they
would be there.
main sports I enjoyed were Volleyball, Beach
Volleyball, Gymnastics, and synchronized
swimming. I didn't like the football though
or boxing, they don't really feel like
Olympic sports to me.
would have liked to have seen more of the
synchronized swimming but there didn't appear
to be much of it, or I had missed most of it.
I find it amazing that human beings are able
to swim like dolphins and dance in water.
They are always women for some reason, I don't
know why there are no men doing it. There was
even someone doing it without wearing a nose-clip
and the commentator said is was a first for
someone to not wear one. I don't understand
why this sport isn't more popular.
volleyball was good. I noticed that the court
seemed to be padded, I've never seen that
before but maybe it was just my imagination
because if its colour. During one particular
match there was no commentator and it was so
much more enjoyable not to have to listen to
someone talking all over it. Although the
sound of the referee's whistle was a lot more
noticeable. In fact one of the commentator's
comments annoyed me when he was comparing
teams with football division equivalents. (China
are not Man. United stop patronising us. Grrr.)
also loved the beach volleyball. It's not
like usual volleyball but played in sand, it's
a totally different kind of game. Even the
scoring is different as well as the amount of
players. One thing that is similar though is
the bum patting. I've never understood why,
but in both volleyball and beach volleyball
everyone pats each other on the bum. This
applies to the men's and women's games
equally. One game I particularly enjoyed was
a game that was played in the rain. They didn't
call it off and played the entire game
soaking wet. The final of the beach
volleyball was strange too, because it was
USA vs USA. The team that lost also cheered
that USA won which seemed strange.
always had a thing for volleyball because we
used to play it at school using a football
inner tube. Then one day our teacher, Mr
Williams, decided to treat us by letting us
play with a genuine volleyball, then I almost
broke my wrist hitting it and we never played
again. I should have stuck with it.
thing I want to mention is when I attempted
to watch the women's fencing it had already
finished and they were handing out the medals
to the fencing teams. I loved when they posed
for the photos and all three teams
intermingled as one large group. One of the
women rested her head on the other's shoulder
while they posed in a group hug. It was like
they were great friends even though they were
from opposing teams and a different country.
indoor basketball and table tennis are not
sports I enjoy at all. Why do they never fix
the problem of their feet squeaking against
the shiney floor. It annoys me completely.
was something that confused me slightly.
There was a Chinese female swimmer who won an
event with a five second lead, so someone
implied she may be cheating. But she was only
one second faster than her previous record so
it was already known she was a good swimmer.
How can approving your own record by just one
second mean that you're cheating? In fact
there were some people genuinely cheating
when playing badminton. Basically they were
intentionally losing a game so they would
play a weaker team in the next round. They
were found out and disqualified.
sport I watched was rhythmic gymnastics. It
was basically dancing and doing gymnastics
while holding a prop. There were different
types of props such as a ball, two sticks and
a ribbon. The ribbon is more exciting to
watch but is less technically difficult than
the ball which can bounce away if the gymnast
isn't fast enough. At one point a woman
dropped the ball and did forward rolls while
getting it to make it seem intentional. There
was a gymnast that permanently walked on
tiptoe even before the event started which
seemed very odd and must have been difficult.
At one point a gymnast was about to start her
routine and she waited for the crowd to stop
cheering. Then just as she was about to begin
someone did a wolf-whistle then a female
voice screamed out for them to shutup.
the ordinary gymnastics I noticed on more
than one occasion that the gymnast will cry
when they lose, even if they achieved a
silver medal. I thought this was odd. I also
noticed that the women look so young, almost
like young girls, while the men are big and
muscular. This didn't seem to apply to the
rhythmic gymnastics though as they were all
clearly adult looking women lot very young
looking as they are in ordinary gymnastics.
one of the athletic races a man came in
second and was upset and said he was running
for his family and he had let them down. I
cannot understand why some athletes are never
satisfied with coming second. I'm sure his
family weren't upset. The best athletes in
the world, who have lots of gold medals, have
still lost a race more often than they have
won. I don't understand how some of them can
be so upset at not winning.
the news after the Olympics was over someone
stated that Australia had less gold medals
than in previous years, then blamed their
lack of investment in sports. Not everyone
gets a gold medal, only the winners, they can't
all win. For one country to win at something
another must lose, that's how it works. Why
do people not see it like that?
that's my summery of the Olympics, I did
waffle on a bit at the end. I'll probably do
a paralympic blog too.
Very friendly rivals celebrate their winning
the fencing event.
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