Am I only the one who thinks that the Olympic coverage is totally cheeseball? Well, it is here in the US and I’m sure other countries are no different. Just something about the Olympics that brings it out in people.
It makes me laugh. There is always a long, rambling backstory and so much drama, tragedy and hardship for every single athlete competing. The announcers are so serious and into it, it’s almost scary. They’ll tell you stories like “Oh and his grandmother died exactly 12 years ago to this very day, can you imagine? So he’s doing this race not just for him and his country, but for his grandmother as well, who was his biggest supporter” and meanwhile the athlete is like 24, making him 12 years old when his grandmother was his “biggest supporter.” 12? Come on. COME ON!
Gordon and I have started making up stories for different athletes, like “Oh boy, Sarah, this kid has his work cut out for him tonight. Listen to this. He got a call from his mother this morning, just hours before the big race, and she told him they were out of milk. Yes, that’s right. out of milk. Completely and totally. I don’t know how he’s going to focus on the event, but if he wants to medal, he’s going to have to put that out of his mind and just go for it. The pressure these athletes are under, with all the media attention and then to be told, by your own mother the day of the biggest race of your life, that you are out of milk? Well, I don’t envy him. But I’ve seen him race and it’s things like this that really set him apart, tragedies like this seem to give him the motivation and strength to win, to break records even. He’s a true professional in his field. No milk, and yet here he is, warming up and ready to perform for his country. He isn’t going to let the terrorists win, no sir he isn’t.”
We try to see who can come up with the most outrageous and ridiculous backstory. I usually win. I’m a gold medal tragedy maker. What can I say, I have the gift.
- 18 months
- go away, let me rest.