I’ve recorded just about all of the Olympics and I’m trying to catch up on my viewing. My heroes of this Olympic Games? May-Walsh.
These ladies dominate the beach volleyball like nobody else. THey’re phenomenal, in that they haven’t lost a game in almost a year, and they just do things that no one else can do. It amazes me every time one of them dives into the sand and the next moment – they’re back up – digging that ball again.
But when did equestrian events enter the olympic arena? I was fast-forwarding through commercials and talk and stumbled upon this strangeness. How are equestrian events in the Olympics? The horse is doing all the work. In fact, the horse would have an easier time if the human wasn’t on its back.
I saw Phelps win his 7th gold (and 8th, but the 7th was the crazy one). Watched Torres win her silver medals. Saw Fountain win the first American medal in the women’s heptathlon since Jacki Joyner-Kersee. It’s been an exciting games so far. Which is interesting, since I’m not really that into sports. I used to be a lot more into the Olympics than I am now.
I don’t really get how they do some of the judging for diving and gymnastics. Gymnastics used to be my favorite event. [Back when the two Dominiques were our American stars…and Kerri’s amazing vault.] But now? No one has really grabbed my attention. I don’t even know their names. I’ve never been into men’s gymnastics. I think they look kinda goofy.
My sister has called me several times to complain about the injustices involved in the gymnastics judging. I just watched it myself and it seems like there’s been some shady stuff going on. (Cheng Fei vaults (badly) – lands on her knees – and still gets a score > 15. Bela Karolyi is incensed – he keeps calling the judging error a ripoff. And then there’s the whole age thing.)
Oh, and I forgot about the trampoline. I had no idea there was a trampoline event in the Olympics. [Or maybe I did and I forgot.] It looks really fun, though.
But I’m still puzzled about the equestrian events.