go for the gold

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 in Lifestyle

Anyone else totally and completely obsessed with the Olympics? I am. Our TV hasn’t gotten a break since Friday morning. Not only do I just love the drama of sports (you all know I’m huge sports fanatic) but I also love that the world can come together and be in the same place at the same time without (much) drama or hate. Countries that are locked in war can come together and shake hands across the field or court. And people who don’t even speak the same language can connect through a silly game. It’s amazing.

And beyond that all, it is hard not to be inspired to reach your health and fitness goals when watching these amazing athletes. I mean, these men and women have trained for hours and hours everyday since they were small children. They’ve watched everything they ate. They pushed their bodies harder than thought possible. If they can do that, I sure as hell can go hop on the treadmill for 30 minutes.

I thought it’d be fun to share with you guys that sports and events that I’m really looking forward to. Let’s talk Olympics!

Women’s Gymnastics

Seriously, does anyone not like watching women’s gymnastics? I think it’s definitely the big star event of the Olympics for us Americans. I’ve never been very acrobatic. Heck, I can’t even do a stinkin’ cartwheel, so I’m really amazed by these ladies. I can’t believe the things they can do with their body. I’m super excited that Team USA is favored to win all around gold! I also love watching rhythmic gymnastics. It’s such a different animal from “normal” gymnastics.

Trampoline

Please tell me you’ve watched the trampoline competition in past years? It’s a trip! It’s definitely not one of the “prime time” sports and often gets relegated to some random network, if it’s televised at all, but if you can find it—watch it! These men and women do crazy things, crazy high in the air. Babyface and I are both excited to watch trampoline especially this year because it’s one of the few summer Olympic events that the Canadians are expected to medal in. Canada ain’t so great at the warm weather sports.

Handball

Oh my gosh, handball is so intense! It’s like this amazing combination of basketball and soccer and American football. It’s really popular in Scandinavian countries, so there isn’t a USA team, but it’s still totally worth watching. The women are particularly hardcore. They tackle each other, they go flying through the air without concern for their bodies, and they hurtle the ball at breakneck speeds. It’s definitely worth catching a match.

High Jump

I’m not normally into Track and Field all that much, but this time around, I have a very specific reason to watch the High Jump—Derek Drouin. He’s an Indiana University student (where I work and graduated from) AND Canadian. It’s one of the few times in the Olympics that Babyface and I can both cheer for the same person! An IU student on the Canadian national team is the best of both worlds!

What events are you looking forward to the most? Who are you cheering for? USA! USA! USA!

27 Comments

  1. I prefer watching the winter olympics but I do enjoy watching swimming and track in the summer games.

    • I definitely like the Winter Olympics more, too. I love, love, love snowboarding!

  2. I was coming around to the Olympics, after the opening ceremony, (which I loved and was happy to translate for some non-English friends!), it didn’t seem too bad that I couldn’t get home on Saturday because of the road race, although I was heart-broken for Mark Cavendish on Saturday, our guys were just too tired after the amazing Tour de France. However, this morning at stupid o’clock as I dragged myself out of bed to get to work early to avoid the crowds on the tube, I was not keen on the Olympics at all. I reckon I’ll come round a bit later on, when I’ve into the groove of early, early mornings! I’m will of course be cheering for Team GB all the way and really looking forward to the triathlon and rowing, which I always watch at the Olympics and never pay much attention to at any other time! And the football, ’cause I know the rules to that game!

    • I can’t even imagine how rough it is to live in an Olympic city and go about your regular life. I’m definitely happy to be watching it on TV. :)

  3. I’m excited for most of the races-swimming, running, hurdles, biking; then both men’s & women’s gymnastics; and all the volleyball. I love watching volleyball.

    Last Summer Olympics I had just graduated from Grad school, interviewed for lots of jobs but was in the “wait and see” month of hearing back offers. So, I think 2008 will always be my most favorite because I watched pretty much non-stop (whilst knitting/crafting all the Christmas presents I was going to give that year.)

    • I love watching volleyball, too! I played growing up and it’s so fun to watch a sport that I actually understand from an insiders perspective!

  4. I’m with ya – MAJOR Olympics fan from way back! The first ones I remember were LA 1984. I am more a summer than winter olympics fan. I’ve been watching a ton since Friday night!

    I adore gymnastics, swimming, rowing, volleyball, track and field….there is just so much cool stuff to watch. And Ryan Lochte ain’t hard to watch either (-;

    Yay Olympics! Go USA!!

    • I want Ryan Lochte to win ALL THE MEDALS just to spite Michael Phelps. MIchael Phelps is cool and all, but I read all these interviews where he talked about how he’s slacked off training for these games and didn’t really put the work in. I want someone who has worked their ass off to win!

      • I hear ya! Michael Phelps is cool, and obviously extremely talented….but I feel like with all the work Lochte has put in, it would be awesome for him to win a ton of medals. Plus, honestly, he is so hot! (-:

      • Hahaha, I know lots of folks are swooning over him, but I just don’t see it. Granted, compared to Michael Phelps, he looks like George Freaking Clooney. :P

  5. I love handball! I grew up playing it in Norway. How are you watching it? I’m confused by NBC’s coverage, I only seem to catch recaps and lame interviews.

    • NBC is holding the “big” stuff (gymnastics, swimming, etc.) and not showing it live. They are showing it recorded from 7pm-12am. But during the day, I’ve found Handball live on NBC Sports Network and MSNBC.

      • Thanks! I’m not sure we have those channels, but maybe I can stream it online or something.

  6. I’m really regretting cancelling cable earlier this summer because the online Olympics experience just isn’t the same as watching the primetime NBC coverage.

    I did watch the opening ceremonies and was happy that Anthony Davis and my favorite NCAA Champs got a little shoutout from Bob Costas!

    • We just had my parents’ not cancel satellite until after the Olympics are over. It worked out well. :) #ignoringUKcomment

  7. I LOVE watching Olympics gymnastics! I’ve been waiting four long years to see it again :)

    • I keep wanting to watch it but they keep not showing it in prime time until like 10pm! Too late! Thankfully NBC has the events online later.

  8. I love all Track and Field, but I’ve gotten into watching women’s weightlifting this year. Some of these girls can lift over twice their own body weight! So inspiring.

    • I caught just a bit of weightlifting (men’s) yesterday and some guy did a clean and jerk with like 720 pounds! I was totally gobsmacked. I mean, I can do that with maybe 80. 100 if I’m having a really kickass day. I can’t even imagine…

  9. The Olympics are one of my very favorite things. And wouldn’t you know it, we are having an office move with zero notice, our wonderful and supportive boss’s last day is the day before, and the office manager is going to be on vacation. Three guesses for who gets to be in charge of the entire mess and probably work 24/7. Not to mention missing most of the entire first week. I’m having a seriously poor me moment.

  10. I keep seeing all these posts about the Olympics on all my favorite blogs, but I have yet to write one about what it’s like to actually live in an Olympic city. The excitement is everywhere. Every morning in my train station there are dozens of ambassadors (people who have volunteered to help the tourists), signs all over the city, and SO many places have been renovated juuusssst in time for last week’s opening.

    I’ve always been completely obsessed with gymnastics and am so sad I didn’t get tickets. I didn’t think I’d still be living in London when the Olympics were on!!

    • I’d love to go to the Olympics at least once in my life. If not to the actual events, to at least experience that atmosphere you talk about. It sounds amazing!

  11. Love the Olympics! I try to avoid spoilers all day, DVR the prime time stuff, and then fast forward through the commercials. My husband is tolerant (he doesn’t really like them, but he’ll read a book on the couch so he’s close if I need to poke him to watch something really cool).

    • I’m really missing a DVR right now! That would seriously help with my sleep deprivation issue.

  12. I didn’t even know there was a trampoline event.. I see that it’s over the weekend.. I hope they’ll have it online to watch!

    • You can stream all the events online at nbcolympics.com, but you have to login with cable/satellite credentials. :)

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