Who else has Olympic fever?

The Olympics are just around the corner, and I'm actually looking forward to them more than usual. Part of the reason is definitely my new 57" HDTV, which will display every bead of sweat in great detail. Plus, the games are back in Greece, the place where it all started.

What I'm looking forward to:
1. Women's gymnastics - probably the most hotly contested and dramatic competition in any Olympic games. I just hope we don't get crushed too badly.
2. Diving - this is one of the hardest Olympic sports out there, IMHO. Doing twisting flips with your head two inches from a rock hard diving board/platform takes guts. And no spash? How is that even physically possible?
3. Swimming - human beings shouldn't be able to move through water that quickly, and yet records are broken at almost every Olympics. Some of the best looking bodies on the planet, too.
4. Mountain biking - I just love mountain biking. Plus, it's the closest you get to downhill skiing at the summer games.
5. Lots of pictures of the Acropolis and other great Greek monuments.

What I'm not looking forward to:
1. The opening and closing ceremonies - people dancing around with candles and puppets re-enacting the Trojan war through interpretive dance. And then some washed-up athlete with a disease or something will light the torch. At least there won't be any subjugated aboriginals to trot out and humiliate this time.
2. Commentators - former athletes and Bob Costas will tell us all exactly what each athlete is doing wrong, and everything they're feeling while they do it. The mute button is a beautiful thing.
3. Drug scandals - who is and isn't using banned substances and how Olympic sports are ruined, blah, blah, blah. Athletes have been using steroids for decades and everybody who isn't blind knows it.
4. Politicians co-opting the spotlight for their own selfish purposes - Bush will be calling all the gold medal winners and making sure that we all know about it, ad nauseum. Kerry will try to attend some events in Greece, but never make it past the first security checkpoint.

What is everybody else looking forward to?

The Olympics are this year?:)

I''m with Zedian, the Olympics are shaping up to be a total non-event for me. My biggest worry is the security complaints I''ve heard leading to something terrible.

Finally, I hate all Olympic ""sports"" that require a panel of judges, especially Pre-Pubescent Girls Gymnastics.

Have you heard the voice of the girl who won the Gold for the US last time around... broke her foot or something?

She STILL sounds like she''s waiting for puberty... it''s nuts! She''s so small and stuff I was confused about whether she was one of those people who doesn''t age or if she was just f***ed up in general. It''s crazy and doesn''t seem right to me...

Anyway, I forget... is there baseball here? I''d watch that ^_^

Sign me up for swimming, soccer, sailing and water polo. Oh, and security biatholon (shooting and bomb-defusing).

Cant belive its 4 years since we had it down here. What a party that was!!

Not excited about the Olympic Games 2004 that much. I guess I''ll end up watching the finals of soccer, track&field, cycling, swimming and the like, but I''ve already followed two big sports events this summer - Euro 2004 and Tour de France - usually should be enough.

Looks like the Greeks had their share of sports entertainment as well for this year with the Euro 2004 victory. Heard not to long ago that roughly 2 million tickets were sold - out of 5 million available.

Outside of watching the US Mens Basketball team getting knocked out early and not medaling, nothing interests me.

Until they make gaming an olympic sport, I''m not really interested.

I always like to watch the field events (high jump, pole vault, discus, etc.) but they never show them on TV...Instead they opt for 12 hours of swimming

"hubbinsd" wrote:

I always like to watch the field events (high jump, pole vault, discus, etc.) but they never show them on TV...Instead they opt for 12 hours of swimming :(

Oh no they don''t. They show 6 hours of swimming and 6 hours of profiles of the most hard-up athletes, and then the rest of the broadcasts are gymnastics warmups leading up to the main event.

Honestly, about the only thing I''m looking forward to is hearing the ridiculous excuses by the athletes that get busted for doping.

Wow, I guess I am the only one here who gives a crap about the Olympics. Honestly, I will probably get bored after the second day and go back to Doom 3. They never show the mountain biking at a decent hour, anyway.

Have you heard the voice of the girl who won the Gold for the US last time around... broke her foot or something?

She STILL sounds like she''s waiting for puberty... it''s nuts! She''s so small and stuff I was confused about whether she was one of those people who doesn''t age or if she was just f***ed up in general. It''s crazy and doesn''t seem right to me...

The person you''re thinking about is Kerri Strug, who is from Arizona. My wife and I met her in the airport, and she was very nice. However, I don''t think I could be around her long before her voice would start to drive me crazy.

Oh yes. Kerri Strung. Yay for local news blathering on and on about her here in phoenix.

In Greece''s defense, you really can''t scoff at $1.5B in security.

Still though, as many have said already, none of the reports coming out of Athens have painted this year''s setup as going to be hitch-less, despite what NBC''s commentators will bore us by saying. On The Upside, They''re just about done with all the neccessary work.