Friday, February 6, 2015

5 Favorite Olympics

Monday I mentioned how awful my friends and I found Foxcatcher.  I am far from a wrestling fan, but normally I can get into sport movies, especially when the Olympics are involved.  Foxcatcher is about USA wrestlers training for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, which I do not remember since I was only 3 at the time.  That got me thinking about the Olympics I have watched and my favorite moments.

1996: Atlanta.  Most of the opening ceremony is a blur, but who can forget Muhammad Ali lighting the torch?


1996: Atlanta.  This was the first I really paid attention to competitions, but not many were shown on TV.  I do know the US women's soccer got gold too, but I didn't get a chance to watch any of those games.  I was able to watch track and field, where Michael Johnson won gold in the 200m and 400m, set the world record for the 200 m (19.32), and wore a pair of great, gold shoes.  

Source: Yahoo! Sports
1998: Nagano.  The first time I watched Olympic hockey.  I like the international rules better.  Less fighting, a bigger rink, and no two-line pass rule.  Thankfully the NHL did away with that rule but in 1998, that rule was still in play.  International hockey is a much more open game, much faster, and really fun to watch.

2008: Beijing.  Not related to any of the sports, but Google got in on the fun by having a new Google icon every day during the Olympics.  Each one featured one of the Chinese zodiac animals participating in a competition, and I would check every day to see what design it was.  It was fun, and even though I couldn't much since I was at work, Google kept me entertained.

My zodiac, the Rat
2012: London.  The marathon course.  This was the first summer Olympics I watched since I started long distance running, and since I've been to London a few times, it was so much fun to see the sites the runners passed.

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  1. You kept the Google logo images from 2008? I've never been a big Olympics watcher. If I think about it I'll turn it on.

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    1. I did a quick Google search on the Beijing icons. Some sites have all of the doodles that were done, and not just for Beijing.

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  2. I am a huge fan of the Olympics. Winter all the down hill skiing and summer the swimming. :) Here from Grow Your Blog

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    1. Welcome! This past winter Olympics I watched a lot more skiing. I don't ski but it looked like fun and so much hard work, especially cross-country skiing.

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  3. I always watch hockey during the Olympics. The women's gold medal game was one of the most exciting games I've ever seen!

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    1. USA-Canada is always a good game. There's so much tension between the teams but so much talent on both teams too.

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  4. I think my favorite Olympics were the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy. But it's not for sports reasons, more personal. I was in labor with my little guy and to keep me distracted we watched it in the hospital room. So every Winter Olympics my sweet boy and I watch it together and I tell him the story of when he was born. :)

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    1. Awww! My coach's sister competed in those games and showed us her bronze medal so I always a (slight) personal connection.

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  5. The Olympics are always so much fun to watch! The strength, endurance, and ability of Olympic athletes, no matter the sport, never ceases to amaze me!

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    1. You can tell how much they've worked for it. It's so exciting to watch our athletes at the opening ceremony and see them take it all in.

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  6. I love watching the Olympics! I wish the Summer Olympics could be this year - but 2016 will be here soon.

    I'm not sure I have any favorite moments from the games but love watching the marathon, track, gymnastics, swimming ... really pretty much all of it ;)

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    1. It is almost here. I know track and marathon have their Olympic trials set and I hope to watch those.

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  7. I love the OLYMPICS! I watch the summer games every year in almost every sport. My favorites are swimming, gymnastics and track & field. Fun post! #growyourbloghop

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    1. There are a number of sports I don't understand but I try to watch many of them. My favorites (other than the marathon) from 2012 were archery and fencing.

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  8. I love watching the olympics. I enjoy watching the ice skating, gymnastics, swimming, down hill skiing- I like most of it! Fun look at the olympics!

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    1. I really how multiple NBC channels are now showing the games. It allows me to watch much more than just a few.

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  9. What a fun post! I love watching the olympics too!

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    1. I like how they split Olympic years so I can watch the games every two years between the summer and winter games.

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  10. I love the Olympics and watch religiously. Of course I'm partial to track and field but enjoy most sports. Last year my son and I were in LA for the day and went to the stadium where they held the 1986 games. That was the first Olympic Games that held a women's marathon, which finished in that stadium. Goosebumps!! We also are lucky enough to live close to the Olympic training center in Chula Vista, CA which I've crept around a bit. Thanks for this post! Brought back some great memories for me!

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    1. That sounds like fun! I've seen highlights of the women's marathon and can't imagine how they each felt going into the stadium.

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  11. Oh my goodness, I can definitely remember a lot of these same hallmark moments from the Olympics. Good memories for sure!

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    1. So fun too. I have many more memories of course, it was difficult to narrow down my top 5.

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  12. I don't think I could name off any favorite moments, but I do love when they're on! I live in Park City, UT right across the street from the Olympic ski jumps (I didn't live here when they were here) but it's still awesome to see them every morning!

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    1. How fun. Is the Olympic village still up? I don't know if sites keep the village or just the sports structures.

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  13. Atlanta in '96 was definitely one of my faves, too, Lesley! I ran a race in Atlanta a few years ago and we went through the park and under the rings - so cool! Hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. So exciting, that would've given me goosebumps.

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  14. I think that as I've gotten older I've gained a new enjoyment of the Olympics. As a kid it was fun and exciting to watch, but as an adult you can appreciate and understand more of the struggle, passion and sacrifice the athletes make to get where they are. My favorite games in recent times were 2008 just because everything was so beautiful.

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    1. Yes, now after going through my hard work I have a great appreciation for the even more hard work they put in. I get angry with the media if they criticize an athlete for not performing well.

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  15. i love watching the olympics! can't wait for next year!

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    1. I feel like London just happened and yet it's only 1.5 years till Rio.

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  16. I love the Olympics, especially the summer Olympics. My favorite memory is from 1992 when Derek Redmond's Father helped him to the finish line after Derek's hamstring injury. Makes me tear up every time I watch the video. http://espn.go.com/espn/espn25/story?page=moments/94

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    1. I will watch that. The only thing I know about 1992 was Michael Johnson got food poisoning two weeks before his competitions.

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  17. I'm a huge fan of Winter Olympics. But I did enjoy watching the 2012 London marathon. Very inspiring to a plain old runner like me.

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    1. I like the Winter ones too. I watch hockey but last year I watched more of the skiing events too.

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  18. Those gold shoes are great! I followed the women's Olympic gymnastics team when I was younger but don't really follow anymore.

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    1. Those shoes I absolutely remember. It's all about the shoes :)

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  19. Those gold shoes are great! I followed the women's Olympic gymnastics team when I was younger but don't really follow anymore.

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  20. I'm a huge fan of the Olympics, Summer or Winter it doesn't matter for those 2 weeks I am glued to the T.V. Of course I watch all events, especially the marathon and always wish they would show the whole race rather than the abbreviated version. But I also love swimming, gymnastics, ice skating, ski & board, oh my gosh I could go on and on, LOL
    When we had the Olympics here in 2002 I was downtown almost nightly mingling with the Olympians from the different countries:) It was a lot of fun! I regret not going to any actual events, but they were so expensive and at the time it wasn't reasonable to pay hundreds of dollars to sit high up in a stadium and watch something that I had a better view of with less traffic:) at home, LOL

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    1. Too true! I know I have to put up with commercials but TV lets you watch it front and center.

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  21. I LOVE the olympics. Watch every minute of it I can get, summer or winter. They're so much fun to watch. Even so many things I would never watch any other time.

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    1. I love watching all of the sports that aren't on TV otherwise. I get sucked in and then I have to look up the rules.

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  22. I love watching the olympics. The first one I can truly remember being excited for was the 1996 olympics. It was so exciting to see the torch run through my town. I always enjoy watching gymnastics and ice skating.

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    1. The '94 skating scandal is what is in my mind instead of the '94 games. Atlanta is the first one of the games that I actually watched.

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  23. That's really cool that you were able to watch the marathon and see some of the same places you visited when you were there. I love it when that happens! It's so exciting!

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    1. I had a lot of fun watching that marathon, plus I had a National Lampoon moment. Since they did 3 laps of a big loop I kept saying "look kids, Big Ben!"

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  24. One thing I remember about the 1996 games is that it was the summer after Matt was born and so with a 5-month old I ended up sitting at home and watching a lot of it. The picture of Ali still gets to me, he has always been a favorite athlete of mine. The races Michael Johnson ran were so memorable, I remember when he set the world record in the 200 I yelled so loud the baby started to cry!

    2004 -- Watching Meb Kelfezighi and Deena Kastor win medals in the marathon was inspiring, especially because both are such amazing people.

    One memory I have from 2008 was the event when Michael Phelps won one of his gold medals by just a fingernail. I cover a minor league baseball team during the summer and watched this race in the clubhouse after a game. All 30-people were gathered around the TV screaming their heads off during the race! I also remember the men's marathon and the amazing race that Sammy Wanjiru ran in the heat.

    2012 -- Mo Farah winning two medals in his home country was amazing, as was the 800 meter world record set by David Rudisha.

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    1. All of those are great. I missed the marathon but caught up later. I find it interesting that the priest who disrupted the marathon was kicked out of the London Marathon last year when his charity revoked his bib.

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  25. Vancouver 2010! It was absolutely amazing to be living here in town (downtown!) while this event was on. We ended up attending two events: curling, and wheelchair curling. Not because we're into curling, but because they were the cheapest tickets. But the experience was fantastic. And although I'm not a hockey fan, I walked a couple of blocks to watch the incredible celebration when Canada won. Brilliant!

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    1. Sounds like fun. I hope the celebration was a good one. I lived in Boston when the Sox won and celebrations turned into cars being turned over.

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  26. I have to admit, I don't watch much of the olympics although I do love the gymnastics! If for some crazy reason Boston is awarded the next Olympics I am sure I wi,, watch more since it will be in my Backyard!

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    1. I've seen mixed reactions in the Globe and Herald. Some people want it, some don't. I know a couple of my friends here would love to go to Boston if it got the games.

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  27. I lived in Georgia during the 96 Olympics and my dad actually got to work at some of the events. He was there during the bombing too. We were so scared because they were on lockdown essentially and it was hours and hours before we heard from him.

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    1. That is scary. I hope he was OK. I do remember that too, and it was my first news event around possible terrorism.

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  28. Oh I love this! I'm a big Olympic watcher for sure. I do like winter better than summer but they are all great!

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    1. It depends on the sport but I can always find something to watch.

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  29. I'm honestly not a big Olympics fan. I also just suck at following things like that. I would have liked to see Muhammad Ali lighting the torch thought :) lol

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    1. Ali lighting the torch means more to me now than it did then. I was 11 and didn't know who he was or what he did. I understand a lot more.

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  30. I love watching the Olympics...I always hate to see it end. I especially love watching the swimming events and track & field. The long distance events totally amaze me...wish I could run HALF as fast as they do. :-)

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    1. I know! They have a faster full marathon time than my fastest half time. I know they're pros but still...

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  31. I also like Olympic hockey and definitely LOVE watching the Olympics in general!

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    1. One of my friends is gushing about the commercial NBC ran for Rio. My DVR will be used a lot next summer.

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