I remember the Olympics when I was a kid. Watching with the entire family on our black and white TV that we had to actually get up to change the channel or volume on (yes, my kids have heard ALL about that). We'd sit there and marvel at how fast the athletes could swim and run, how far they could throw and jump, how gracefully they could dive and tumble.
Then us neighbor kids would go outside and mimic what we saw. We'd wear patches of dirt into the lawns while trying to longjump. At the pool, we'd do ridiculous versions of the butterfly.
Chaco was born in the middle of the 1994 winter Olympics. Many a breastfeeding session was spent watching the skating and skiing.
For the 2002 winter Olympics, we lived near Salt Lake City and the ski venues. We didn't attend any of it in person, though. Security was tight. No bags were allowed at any of the events. Meego was 2 years old at the time. Anyone who has ever had a 2-year-old knows that they don't go anywhere without a huge bag nearby.
And that's fine. Over the years, I've lost interest. It seems more money driven now, and frankly, some of the athletes get on my nerves a bit.
During the 2008 Olympics, it seemed that most every time I turned on the TV, it was beach volleyball time. I couldn't care less about beach volleyball, and maybe that was the final straw. I find I just don't really care so much about the Olympics anymore.
Maybe I'll tune in on occassion, though. I'll probably watch some track and field, some Marathon perhaps.
Are you watching? What are your favorite events?