Monday, July 30, 2012

Olympics take center stage on our TV

Sunday night is usually movie night in our household.
Not last night.
Can you say, O-l-y-m-p-i-c-s?
'Twas my wife's choice and given how many times I've monopolized the remote -- Sherri will say all the time -- I was cool with it.
The main attraction was the USA's women's gymnastics competition, an event that is my wife's favorite every Olympiad.
She's also big on synchronized diving and swimming, too.
If I have any preference it's track and field, but I'll wait for it.
Anyway, as we watched the young women leap, twist and soar we found ourselves swept up in the beauty of the event.
It was even a bit nervewracking as they flipped and flew back and forth on the uneven parallel bars.
We also got a kick out of NBC's camera shot of gymnast's Aly Raissman's parents, Lynn and Rick, going through contortions in their seats while watching their daughter do her thing.
On the opposite end of the spectrum was seeing Jordyn Wieber, the world champion and gold medal favorite, cry after failing to qualify for the all-around competition.
Yes, it's still a game, but you had to sympathize with someone who devoted years of her life for this opportunity, only to be outperformed by two teammates.
Absolutely, we'll be tuned in again Monday night.
Except to watch "Closer," of course.

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