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We interrupt this blog relay to bring you…an Olympic update.

I don’t know about everyone else, but I’ve become desperately distracted by the Olympics these days. Though, maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. Apparently my hometown is #4 in the nation for Olympic viewership. Want to see where your town ranks? This article lists the top five areas.

Just like we each have our own favorite genres , authors and characters, we probably all have our favorite moments so far in these Games.

Mine?
  • The Opening Ceremonies torch lighting. I thought it was brilliant and touching how the young athletes lit it together, and it grew into the final flame! And the forged rings were amazing!

  • Michael Phelps. What can I say? I’m a swimmer. I love seeing my sport get coverage, and there have been SO many awesome swims in these games!!

  • The 39-year-old Bulgarian gymnast who’s still competing so he can “give hope to the younger generation.” He trained for 10 years in my old roomie’s hometown!

  • Gymnastics has been awesome so far! The US ladies won, and it was a delight to watch the hometown reception for the Great Britain guys’ medal too.

  • The stories of family sacrifice. Can you imagine moving across the country, away from your family, to pursue writing? One Chinese athlete had been home for a grand total of 17 days in the last decade. That’s a level of commitment that’s difficult for me to imagine. It’s so heartwarming to see it pay off!
How about yours?

And tomorrow, in the fighter's corner, we have Write Club coach extraordinaire DL Hammons!!

12 comments:

  1. We are pretty much Olympics obsessed over here. WE have DVRd every single airing and watched most of it, lol. Phelps, Franklin, Soni, the men's and women's gymnastics . . . yep! Lovin' it. We're looking forward to the basketball to start! (hey, I'm the only girl in a house of boys, what can I say?)

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    1. I'm a fan of being Olympics-obsessed. ;)

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  2. I've been watching our women's beach volleyball team kick butt, and Gabby's story was great. The Chinese athlete is a sad story though. All of those kids are taken away from their parents at a young age and groomed to be Olympic champions. Very glad our country doesn't do that.

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  3. It's the cycling for me. It's the only sport that I used to do all the time (not racing though), and Wiggins is a legend! Also, it's great for me being able to watch the Olympics live this time instead of it being on in the middle of the night!

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  4. I love that Phelps turned his first day around so magnificently. Pretty cool thing to see.

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  5. This post is perfect timing seeing as it's almost 11am on Saturday and I'm DETERMINED to NOT turn on the TV today because I know I'll get pulled in. On the other hand, it's killing me because I enjoy track and field. Just when I was getting tired of swimming and gymnastics--Poof! Done. And now we can move on to something new. I like watching the runner relays and the hurdles.

    And I still have the Opening Ceremonies to watch. I'm about 1/2 way through, but haven't yet seen the flame and cauldron everyone's talking about!

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    1. Ha - you'll love it when you finally sit down to watch it!

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  6. Gabby's story was my favorite too!

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