The Olympics and Casual Sports Fans

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Mike Dwyer

Mike Dwyer is a former writer and contributor at Ordinary Times.

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  1. Avatar zic
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    @Mike, you should probably remove the rings.

    We went through this on Ravelry; you cannot use trademarked olympic symbols. It’s in US law specifically. They search infringements out, and the are lawyered up. I pretty much guarentee: it will generate a cease-and-desist letter to OT.

    And I will not be watching; I support athletes. But the way it’s televised now is offensive; highlights and controversy and color, not competitions.Report

  2. Avatar KatherineMW
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    I love the Olympics – the amazing athletes, the pageantry, the chance to completely let loose with patriotic fervour. There great diversity of events combined with the fact that it’s only a little over two weeks means you can focus on it completely without the time commitment of following a team for a whole year. And every event matters. Every event has a gold medal at stake, so the competition is a lot more concentrated than in a full season of hockey. And it’s not just about cheering for a team you like – it’s about cheering for your country. Canada’s blowout performance in Vancouver only made me more enthusiastic. I’m going to be glued to the television for the whole of it.

    Also, there’s so many events that are just plain fun to watch. The snowboard and ski cross, the new slopestyle event, the gorgeous figure skating routines, and of course the hockey.

    CBC does a good job of broadcasting – they certainly focus on the Canadian athletes, but they show the full competitions live, not just the Canadian performances in a primetime reel like NBC.

    Canada’s already got a gold, silver, and bronze, so things are looking good! Hurray for Marc McMorris (competing with a broken rib, I can’t even imagine how painful that would be, they don’t even let you take painkillers) and the Dufour-Lapointe sisters!Report

  3. Avatar kalise
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    im trying to be in the olymicsReport

  4. Avatar Mike Schilling
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    Other than my obsession with mixed martial arts, March Madness and the Masters golf tournament

    Do you also like marathons, mountaineering, and middleweight boxing? 🙂Report

  5. Avatar Slade the Leveller
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    I enjoy the Olympic sports where the athletes decide the outcome, and intensely dislike those that are judged. I am keen to see who makes it to the bottom of the hill the fastest, or who can shoot the straightest and ski fast, and really like those nuts on the luge.

    Figure skating, snowboard trickery, any “sport” where the outcome is decided by sometimes openly biased judges, you can have. Not to say that the athletic prowess demonstrated isn’t impressive, but in reality it’s just an exhibition, not a competition.

    I also enjoy watching the parade, feeling especially good about athletes that enter and compete with no hope of winning. That, to me, is the true Olympic® spirit.Report

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