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August 25, 2004

The Olympics 

Another post that I started, but never got to finish. I'm not sure where I was going with this one, but I remember being inspired at the time. 4/3/2007

So, I've had the opportunity to watch some of the Olympics coverage here in Scotland, which is pretty much coverage for the United Kingdom. As with lots of things, it's very different from American coverage of the Olympics. It struck me as odd at first because I couldn't figure out why, but then it dawn on me. In America, we enter a couple of hundred athletes and a huge amount of events. In the United Kingdom, they don't. Several times over the last 3 1/2 weeks it has struck me how small this country is. It takes about 3 hours to go from the east coast to the west coast of the country, that wouldn't get you through California. And since it's so small and they don't enter nearly as many people, their perspective is completely different. When they have an athlete competing in a race, it's a big deal. Even if the athlete loses in a qualifying round it's like "What a brilliant and valiant effort he made! Great form! I believe next time he will do much better! He really looked good out there!" They do personal interest stories on things that wouldn't even show up on the Amercian radar. Athletes who have been to 3 Olympics and never managed to make into the semi-final round, but this year is there year....or not.

And low and behold when they actually win, it's a national event. I watched the woman's 800m final, which was truly a race for the ages, and Kelley Holmes (a brit) won the gold medal. Now in all fairness, this woman had won the silver at the last 2 Olympics, losing to the same person both times, so the backstory to the race was great. And for her to actually win was quite exciting. I can't and don't want to take anything away from that. The thing was is the announcer's lost their collective minds. It must have been equivalent to the USA beating Russia in hockey in 1980. They went on and on about the race for about an hour

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