Re: Yes, there's an "official" song for the Olympics: Muse's "Survival"
posted at 7/28/2012 9:54 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Yes, there's an "official" song for the Olympics: Muse's "Survival"
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Yes, there's an "official" song for the Olympics: Muse's "Survival" : Due to time constraints, this was the "abridged" version.
I could easily "rant" for hours about "country vs. country sporting events" and the ridiculous advantage the USA has over 3rd world and other underfunded nations. The silly notion that the games were "sport" back during the cold war was almost laughable. The Soviets and Americans approached the games as if no other nations were participating and many times it seemed as if were true. Canandians seem to take a different view of Olympic games. they consider ice hockey to be their game and even winning a silver medal is failure. They do not seem as upset if they don't win gold in any other sport. I wouldn't walk across the street to see Michael Phelps swim. I used to love to swim, it's a great summer activity , but it is not a sport.
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Abridged version? You've outdone yourself.
I feel badly, and somewhat guilty for some of my sentitments, because I'm not dissing the athletes and their achievements; it's just sad that the media hype and other factors detract -- and of course, there has to be an element of "you have to be there" too, to fully embrace the events and the excitement, not that I covet being there. As far as the events are concerned, the summer games do not have the thrills that the winter games have, which again, is not to diminish the athletes (I loved track and field, for example, when I was in HS).
As for what constitutes a "sport" -- at least a competitive sport? That's a topic that could keep us going all day. Your comment about Phelps has me laughing out loud.
I did watch some of the opening ceremony. It was okay, clever in parts, "insider" humor for sure, and droll, but not a blockbuster, IMO. I'm just a dumb American, don't forget. :) I wasn't riveted to it by any means, but from all the countries that walked in the opening ceremony, Spain was noticably one of the most joyful, charasmatic, and hot; didn't even mind seeing Pao Gasol leading the way with the flag. He looked nice.