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#Microblog Mondays 103: Events

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By the time the next Microblog Monday rolls around, the Olympics will be over.  Sniff.  There are still the Paralympic Games to look forward to in September, but then they’ll be over and we’ll have to wait 2 years again.

Remember when we used to need to wait 4 years?

We’ve been mostly watching anything gymnastics or swimming.  Though if they ever brought back pankration, I would be all over that.  I am smitten over the idea of zero rules, and all the kicking, sticking, fighting and biting one can muster in the ring.  Oh, wait, just re-read the two rules and they’re no biting or gouging out the opponent’s eyes.  So, all the kicking sticking, and fighting one can muster in the ring.

What are your favourite (still-existing) Olympic events?


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1 Parul Thakur { 08.15.16 at 5:34 am }

I have been watching many games this year and it’s sad but India is not performing 🙁
Our gymnast did us proud and now I am looking forward to wrestling and badminton. Hoping for at least a medal :/

2 Nonsequiturchica { 08.15.16 at 7:02 am }

Track and field is my favorite since that is my sport I competed in while I was in college. My husband grew up swimming so we watch a lot of that as well.

3 Lori Shandle-Fox { 08.15.16 at 7:52 am }

Parul… The Indian gymnast was wonderful!.. I prefer the winter Olympics a little more but I’m a sports nut & something comes over to me during the Olympics.I try to watch at least one whole match of every sport that’s on. I wrote a list the other day. I’m up to about 38. The cross-country equestrian was beautiful. I also like the gymnastics and diving a lot.

4 Traci York { 08.15.16 at 9:03 am }

I don’t know that I have a favorite. I’ve been catching whatever happens to be on when we’re watching TV. I remember being much more into the Olympics when I was younger – not sure what changed.

5 Cristy { 08.15.16 at 9:34 am }

Gymnastics is always an amazing event to watch. That and diving. I wish I had the ability to spin through the air like these athletes.

But I am looking forward to the Winter Olympics. All the snow and ice and the amazing things one can do if giving a board.

6 Parul Thakur { 08.15.16 at 9:46 am }

Lori – Yes! She is one of our first ever and we are so so proud of her. She comes from a very humble background and her 4th is our Gold with diamonds 🙂

7 Jess { 08.15.16 at 10:18 am }

I have done a terrible job watching the Olympics. Probably in part because we have an antenna for cable and not actual cable. I do though love watching gymnastics, especially the floor routines with the crazy tumbles and flips. I also enjoy diving. I guess I like people flipping through the air! And that no-more event sounds TERRIFYING. Like a Thunderdome type thing.

8 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 08.15.16 at 10:25 am }

I somehow missed pankration when it was part of the Games – sounds like quite a show! I find the summer Olympic sports so much more relatable than the winter ones. I’m fascinated by all the ways people compete on snow and ice, but it’s a bit mystifying to me, since I grew up in a hot climate.

9 Cyn K { 08.15.16 at 11:02 am }

I haven’t watched any of the games except the media coverage of the media coverage. That isn’t nearly as entertaining as swimming or gymnastics or track & field events.

10 Infertile Girl { 08.15.16 at 11:07 am }

I have to admit I find most of the olympics boring (the horror!), and it preempts anything else I normally watch. But I will say, I was excited to have golf back this year (which I’m sure most people would say that is super boring), albeit many of the top players didn’t attend due to Zika. Though they didn’t air much of the golf just because it takes all day, and I get that they can’t give that much airtime to one sport. So all in all, golf was good, but I’m ready for the olympics to stop disrupting regular life! Ha ha. (Still proud of my country though, Go Canada!)

11 Isabelle { 08.15.16 at 11:48 am }

I love diving so I glued to the TV when that was on. I watched most of the swimming events and track and field. Some gymnastics. It has been fun!

12 Sharon { 08.15.16 at 12:54 pm }

I love the gymnastics and diving in the summer Olympics, and I will also watch swimming and running events if they are on.

In the winter Olympics, I like figure skating. I don’t have a lot of interest in winter sports — having lived the majority of my life in the desert Southwest — but I also find the luge oddly interesting.

13 illustr8d { 08.15.16 at 2:07 pm }

I’m more about the people. I like when the underdogs win. I’m horrified when a member of my country shows poor sportsmanship. I’m happy that the Olympics Committee came up with the Independent Team & the Refugee Team. I love the opportunity to get to know other countries. My heart was melted by a diver proposing to a diver.

That said, I’m not watching anything but highlights on YouTube. Being on the west coast of the US, events are so far behind that I know who won way before the event is telecast & it sort of feels pointless. Not like the fun of watching things live & not knowing what is going to happen. A big error on behalf of the news network. IMO.

Still, there are amazing people in this world, who have spent years being committed and focused and look at them now.

14 Shail { 08.15.16 at 4:04 pm }

It was wonderful to watch Dipa Karmakar from India in gymnastics. Though it was disappointing that she did not get a medal, the fact that she reached fourth place was in itself an impressive achievement.

15 Lori Lavender Luz { 08.15.16 at 4:28 pm }

I allow the media to spoon feed me what they will regarding the Olympics. They’re showing swimming? I watch it. Or gymnastics, or whatever. I’m not too picky. But I also don’t follow super closely.

I do tend to be drawn to the artistic ones (skating, gymnastics) more than the speedy ones.

16 Amber { 08.15.16 at 5:07 pm }

I actually haven’t seen even a minute of the Olympics this time around. I used to love watching them, but I don’t really watch tv at all now that I have kids, unless it’s Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, etc. I am excited that they are bringing softball back to the Olympics though. It was such a disappointment when they dropped softball and baseball. My favorite Olympic events to watch in the past were gymnastics, figure skating, and skiing events.

17 Journeywoman { 08.15.16 at 7:04 pm }

We thought Belle would like the gymnastics–she didn’t. She said the Chinese Gymnasts looked like robots. She kinda likes the swimming and loved the diving. We’ll see if she likes the dancing horses.

18 Queenie { 08.15.16 at 7:32 pm }

I have watched ZERO Olympics. I actually attended the games last time, and this time I can’t even find time to watch even a little of them! Which kind of brings us to my post today.

19 Mom PharmD { 08.15.16 at 10:01 pm }

We have been enjoying rugby during the olympics. Aside from when I briefly dated a player many years ago, it’s totally new and all of us enjoyed it. I also love beach volleyball too.

20 Mali { 08.15.16 at 10:11 pm }

I’ve been watching, and I’m severely sleep challenged as a result. In fact, I’m probably going to go have an afternoon nap shortly, as I have a guest coming tonight, and I should try to be awake for her.

I’ve been watching a variety. I find it fascinating to see the different sports that different countries excel in. I didn’t watch the gymnastics at all this year, watched some of the things that NZ is in like my relative in the shooting, the rowing, equestrian, cycling, etc, but I don’t get too hung up on our medal tally. My husband likes the swimming (he used to swim competitively) and I always find it exciting too. I particularly enjoy watching the athletics (I used to compete at high school), no matter what event, no matter who is in it, so that is keeping me entertained these last few days. We really enjoyed watching the tiny women in the early weightlifting rounds. It became quite exciting.

Like someone earlier, I like supporting the underdogs (so sorry, I almost always cheer for someone who is going to beat the US). Though I also like seeing true champions perform well too.

Oh, and as a matter of principle, I refuse to watch the beach volleyball. The uniform requirements are outrageous!

21 a { 08.16.16 at 3:17 pm }

I just catch whatever happens to be on – we’ve watched the amazing gymnasts and swimmers, a little bit of the track, some diving, and some volleyball.

What has really amazed me this year, though, was the reporting – has it always been so sexist and ridiculous? Katie Ledecky breaks a record and the headline goes to Michael Phelps in a tie for silver? Another swimmer’s win attributed to her male coach? Andy Murray is the first to win 2 gold medals in tennis (and he rightly contradicted that – yay, Andy!)? They are killing me…but they’re also generating some internet clapback. I liked the story about the husband of the former Miss California winning a gold medal (re: Michael Phelps). At any rate – sports reporting is Terrible!

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