Yes, I cheered out loud during the last leg of the women’s 4×400 relay. That last straight was just, wow! I didn’t think she could do it, but that was incredible. I cheered for the men’s marathon too.
Gotta say though, I wasn’t that excited about the men’s 4×400 relay. But that’s mostly because I think two of the guys on it are, well, jerks. We swept the men’s 400m. But the gold and silver guys seemed upset with their finishes and didn’t even put their hands on their heart for the ceremony. Instead they stood there almost with scowls on their faces. The bronze guy on the other hand, he dove for the finish of the 400m and was singing along with a smile on his face for the whole time. Him I like. The other two, I don’t like so much.
I watched some canoeing earlier today. Those were fun races to watch. Then I read this online tonight: Canoeing-Kayaking not for the faint hearted. It talks about how several of the silver and bronze medalists required medical attention either at the end of the race or even on the medal podium as they were fainting or throwing-up. The gold medalists had enough adrenaline apparently that they didn’t have any problems. Even without a slight fear of water, I don’t think that’s a sport I’m going to pick up.
The Olympics have seriously screwed up my sleep. Okay, that’s not true. But everyone else says it so I thought I would. They’ve actually been just fine for my normal sleep routine. I’m very glad I haven’t already been teaching the last week. But normally the week before school starts I at least think about trying to get into a normal sleep schedule. Instead, I’m just going to jump straight into it on Monday. We’ll see how well that goes.
I’m going to miss the Olympics though. I love the individual stories of all the athletes. I love the amazing displays of what a human body can do. I love the insane speed, the mind blowing flips and turns, and all done with incredible gracefulness (I think the ribbon is my favorite part of the rhythmic gymnastics, it’s like painting on air). I’ll be sad to see them end. I have rearranged my schedule slightly tomorrow so I can watch the closing ceremonies. So one more Olympic blog post and then I’ll start talking about other things.