Thoughts on the 2012 London Olympic Games

I watch the Olympics.  And when I say I watch the Olympics, I mean I watch all of the Olympics.  As much as my Tivo can hold.  I may go back and rewatch parts of it.  It may take me six months.  But it will be done.  I am a self-confessed junkie.  I did not do a recap for the Vancouver Olympics.  When they came on, I was unemployed.  I had credit and deals at snapfish.  I now have two scrapbooks of the Vancouver Olympic moments that stood out for me in each sport and the stories that were cool for me.

But when I go back and read the thoughts I had on the Beijing Games in 2008, I was struck by a few things regarding my list of my personal standout moments:

  • I didn’t remember some of the stories.  When I tried to find video on YouTube on Jennifer Stuczynski’s coach acting like an ass, I not only found the video, but also discovered that two years later she married the guy.  No accounting for taste.
  • Kobe Bryant is still classy when it comes to international sport.  He might not be faithful in his marriage, he may be a conceited pig in person, I don’t know.  But at the Olympics, he is a class act.  Enjoying every moment of the games.  He had his first experience at Wimbledon this year . . . and it was the longest men’s three-set match in the open era.  Switzerland’s Roger Federer defeated Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Podro 3-6, 7-6, 19-17.  Kobe was there, with his daughter, to see Phelps win the gold medal.  He was at the volleyball venue, watching the women run for gold–and the gobsmacked “WHAT?!” he mouthed after a spectacular save cracked me up.  Here is a man that knows his opportunity, and is taking it all in.  Every blasted moment.

But this year, London (in my opinion) did a fantastic job with the games.  They may have had empty seats, they may have had a few things going on that the locals didn’t care about, but I had a great amount of fun watching and enjoying the spectacle.  So without further ado, here are my favorite moments of the 2012 London games:

  • Ashton Eaton.  Who knows who this man is?  If I asked you if you had ever heard of Bruce Jenner, could you answer?  Could you answer before the age of the Kardashians? Continue reading
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