The winner of "most overused word in this post" is... "amazing".
It shows that the Olympics have the power to impress me, I guess.
Watched the Olympics last night. I forgot that I'm not a huge fan of Track & Field events (they remind me of being sweaty and really bad at whatever sport I was doing); but watching people run around was cool. They were really fast and that was amazing.
There was the 10,000 meter women's competition, which I woke for up for the end of (it was close to 1 a.m. by the time they showed it). I was happy for the USA bronze winner - she was really, really happy (she wasn't like, "Oh, well.... I could have won gold, but I failed.... I'll accept the bronze... I guess") and that was cute, but I wish they showed the winner, b/c she was amazing to watch at the end.
And I actually got excited watching the swimming competition. That's an easy one to like, I think, because all I have to do is look for who's first; and it's wicked fast. There were a few yelling moments for me. I don't really root for anyone in particular (since I don't know a lot about the competitors in swimming), I just like it when people are really close, or when a person comes out of nowhere, or is losing and slowly starts to win. Or, really, when someone totally kicks everyone else's ass, because that's amazing, too.
The race in which Michael Phelps won his 7th gold medal of these Olympics was very exciting, since he was waay, way losing, then slowly inched up, then won by 1/100th of a second because his hands reached the touch pad first. Of course, they had to show it over and over again, but damn, I did scream right at the end, b/c it was amazing.
They had a segment with Phelps and Mark Spitz, since Spitz is the only other Olympian to win 7 Gold medals during 1 Olypmics (I always forget that). I remember the footage of Spitz from 1972 (yes, I am that old), but I have no memory of the games themselves (I was 4). I just envision the footage of him with the 'stache pumping his fist in the air when he won.
Spitz was really nice to Phelps, very complimentary, and from what he was saying you could see he still has a huge interest in swimming competitions and is knowledgeable about everyone's work; he didn't come off as a self-absorbed jock who wanted to relive his triumph, he wanted to really tell Phelps that he did an amazing job. Bob Costas asked Spitz if Phelps is "the greatest Olympian ever."
I understand the desire that the networks are trying to feed (we want the biggest fastest, strongest, greatest), but asking a question like that is completely ridiculous. But no one listens to me on that; plus, I wouldn't make a good commentator in that way.
Oh, and that reminds me, they interviewed Koby Bryant regarding, what they're calling, "The Redeem Team" (the basketball team). The person asked Bryant something like, "Where does such an incredible level of patriotism [i.e., yours] come from?"
What?! We're kind of inculcated into it as children, you idiot.
And, uh, 9-11 sort of pushed up our patriotism levels, in case you have been living in a cryogenic state since the 1990s.
And then the guy asked if this was a lifelong dream of Bryant's, Bryant answered correctly, of course: that of course everyone wants to be in the Olympics as a kid. But, really: the guy's a damned NBA player; he's not a gymnast, or shot puter, or Judo competitor, who's wanted to do this since he was a kid. His desire, when he was a kid, to be in the Olympics probably matches my level of desire as a kid to be in the Olympics.
In other words, he probably wanted to be in the NBA when he was a kid.
Then the guy said something like, "Isn't that kind of patriotism a little, I don't know, dorky today? It's not, you know, cool to admit you love your country."
WHAT?! The person who asked that question currently lives in a country where, in some levels, a person who doesn't wear a lapel pins is accused of hating their country.
So making fun of that was amusing.
SO that's about what I remember for the moment.