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30 July 2012 @ 08:26 pm
Getting into the Olympic spirit.  
So who else is watching the Olympics? I've caught bits and pieces where I can; wasn't up early enough for the opening ceremony which I regret, as the bits I saw on the news looked fantastic. I love the hockey, plus the equestrian events and the gymnastics. It's funny, but when it's the Olympics I'll watch sports that I wouldn't give a second glance at any other time. Sitting here on the lounge now with my laptop open on my lap, watching the rowing. Probably the only sport I wouldn't watch would be boxing.

I've even downloaded a little app to my phone that has a timetable of all events, and allows me to set alerts for the things I don't want to miss. It also gives me all the medal results, plus details of the athletes competing. Pretty impressive.

I feel a bit sorry for my son's girlfriend. She's a Kiwi, and she's desperately interested in seeing her countrymen compete, especially as there are two competitors from her home town, but being in Oz the telecast is skewed towards our athletes. Still, she got to watch the New Zealand women's hockey team beat the Aussie women last night, she was pretty happy about that!
 
 
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Merlin Pendragon: Drapeau SLSJmrlnpndrgn on July 30th, 2012 12:57 pm (UTC)
I stopped watching the Games years ago... probably in the early 90s.
When they stopped showing "events", and started showing the local boys/girls.

When I watched them, I enjoyed the competition in certain events : gymnastics were a favorite.

Now, they show the Canadians, and they skip about from one event to the other... You never get to see one event from start to finish.

I'm really not interested in watching basketball just because the Canadians are in the running.
Not that it would ever happen :-)

But "Chacun ses goûts" as we say here :-)
miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on July 31st, 2012 10:25 am (UTC)
To each his own - I had to google that!
I know exactly what you mean though. The telecast here is slanted towards the Australian athletes; I'd love to watch more of the gymnastics but as far as our coverage is concerned the Australian girls are the only competitors :-(
Coverage of some of the events is better than others; those where we take a feed from the host always show a bit more than just us. The cross country equestrian last night wasn't a local feed so we got to see a lot of the other riders.
Merlin Pendragon: mfu - man from plush : IK - oh noes!mrlnpndrgn on July 31st, 2012 12:52 pm (UTC)
To each his own - I had to google that!

Sorry 'bout that :-(

Here we have the choice : either the English Canadian network (Canadian, eh?), the Québecois one (I have no idea as I never watched that channel, but I presume they show the Quebecers), or the American one... which you can guess who they show.

No longer interested.
Plus the ads... :-(