Monday, August 22, 2016

Olympic Moments

The Olympics are over - until next time.

Two weeks of emotional highs and lows. I always want everyone to achieve personal bests and to fulfill their dreams. :)

I love the athletes who are thrilled and awed to be there despite knowing they have no realistic chance to medal.
I love the camaraderie among many of the athletes despite the fact they're competing against each other.
I love learning fascinating tidbits about sports I've loved for a long time and sports that are new to me.

For me, there were many highlights, but a few stood out:
  • Watching the Men's Rugby 7s Team from Fiji listen to their national anthem after winning their country's first ever Olympic gold medal
  • A young Brazilian man achieving a personal best and surprising the field by winning the Gold in pole vault
  • Simone Biles
  • Usain Bolt
  • Our Canadian athletes - medaled and otherwise. So many amazing stories, so many incredible moments
  • Our fabulous Canadian television coverage. Three stations worked together to ensure coverage of a bazillion events. At many times I could access 7 channels all showing different events. 7!!! And not all focused on Canadian athletes. Instead, we were able to see a huge range of sports showcasing many different countries. Fantastic!
The Olympics always give me hope that Humanity is taking steps to be better, to work together, and to take peace seriously. Let's hope that's true!

Are you an Olympic junkie? What was your favourite moment?

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  1. We were sad to see it end last night. Direct TV had multiple channels to view each day, so we saw a lot of different events.
    Big moments were watching Bolt win triple again, Ledecky crush the competition in swimming, our women's basketball team sweeping and setting Olympic records in points, and ending with our men's basketball team crushing Serbia!

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    1. Those were all great! I loved the swimming but didn't see a ton of basketball. So many great things to watch!!

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  2. I think your coverage in Canada was MUCH better than our network coverage here in the States! My daughter likes the equestrian parts and, really, she had to find it online. Great games...loved watching what I could!

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    1. The team and solo equestrian events were awesome! Love those as well!! :)

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  3. I kept the TV on all day while I was working, even though early morning offerings were often things such as golf, soccer, and table tennis. (Sorry, none of which excites me.)

    Americans did so well in the medals this year, especially the women. I just loved seeing our women relay teams praying together after each race.

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    1. Our women were the strongest part of our Canadian team. So great to see!!

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  4. I'm sorry to say I didn't watch much of the games, but keep up with it through online reports. I have to agree with you Jemi, the camaraderie among the athletes is always inspiring to me. Sounds like Canada had great coverage.

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    1. We did have spectacular coverage - and it was so much fun to see so many different events!

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  5. I enjoyed the Olympics more this year than I have in the past. So many new, hopefuls and a mix of veterans. The American women's gymnastic team was amazing.

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    1. They were incredible! Beauty, power, and grace!!

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  6. Congrats to Canadian teams :) We were quite successful here in Serbia too, given that we won medals in four out of seven total group sports :) including Waterpolo gold, basketball silver and wrestling gold. And our whole country is smaller than an average US city :)

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    1. I really enjoyed watching the Serbian volleyball team - they were fantastic!!

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  7. I'm that oddball who's never watched the Olympics. I don't think I would've even known they were happening this year, if it weren't for everyone suddenly talking about it on Twitter, haha. Glad there were so many highlights for you! Canada's coverage of it sounds so impressive, wow...

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    1. It was impressive!
      I have lots of friends with no interest in sports. They all think we're a little crazy! :P

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  8. I must admit I didn't catch a lot of the Olympics. But one of my favourite moments was seeing Rosie MacLennan win the trampoline gold. Her grandmother goes to my church, and I've had the honour of (very briefly) meeting Rosie. She is as lovely and humble as she looks on TV - a true champion!

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    1. That was definitely one of my favourite moments too. Her 'niceness' comes across loud and clear on TV. So glad to hear it's real! :)

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  9. I much prefer the winter games to summer, though I rarely watch any of them anymore. Sadly, I find myself increasingly overwhelmed and disheartened by behavior and rule breaking.

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    1. That's so sad and frustrating. I love the Winters as well - there are so many great sports for us Northerners to enjoy! :)

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  10. I was so crazy busy that I missed most of the Olympics this time around :(

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    1. That's too bad! There were lots of special moments - but real life does take priority!! :)

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  11. I watched some of it. My favorites are the swimming and gymnastics. I love hearing the stories about the athlete's too.

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    1. I love those sports! There's so much to love :)

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  12. I got snatches of it. We had a couple weeks of insanity around the Olympics, and we don't have our TV hooked up. Truth. We only watch what we seek out. Give the world a couple years and everything will be online. We're just ahead of the curve. =)

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    1. There you go! Setting ALL the trends :)
      If they would stream my sports, I'd be all for it!!

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  13. Hey Jemi,

    I've finally arrived, eh. Ah, the Olympics. Because of the time zone differences, I didn't see that much of the games. Even though I live in the UK, I will admit I was cheering on Canada more than I was for Britain.

    Having said that, what I did watch that was my favourite moment had to be Mo Farah, winning gold in the 10,000 and 5,000 m race. That's two golds in two straight Olympics for him.

    I noticed that Britain was second in the tables.

    Watch this, I can share your post on Farcebook, um, Facebook :)

    Take it easy, Jemi.

    Gary

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    1. You're the 1st to do so! Thanks!! :)
      Time zones are so tough during the Olympics! It's fun cheering on the athletes!

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  14. I enjoyed the Olympics. It is amazing to see people who have trained so hard compete. I felt happy for those who won and sad for those who had problems that got in the way (falls, accidents, false starts, etc.). Some of my favorites to watch were gymnastics, swimming, diving, and track and field.
    ~Jess

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    1. My heart breaks for those who have those falls/accidents/ etc. So hard to watch!!! I enjoyed all of the those as well!

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  15. I don't watch it, but follow the news and find it inspiring. If I was more of a TV watcher, I'd be glued on it.

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    1. That can be such a problem! I'm so glad that my brain mostly makes it 'background noise' and I look up when the commentators get excited :)

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  16. As you may know Fiji won a gold! So our whole country was glued to the TV sets and then rejoiced!

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