My exposure to the Olympics has been fairly limited, but I've still caught a little here and there as I flip through the channels.
(1) If I had people cheering and yelling at me like the Olympic athletes do, I think I could have much better workouts.
(2) Do the marathoners not get to wear ipods? How in the world do you run for that long without music or conversation?
(3) I read this blog post and did not realize it was a joke until I was halfway through it. To sum it up, it says that China was to host the Special Olympics as well but was going to cancel it because the country could not find a team to represent it (as a result of the Chinese practice of aborting imperfect offspring). I realized the article was a joke when it referenced China feeding children lead-tainted toys to prepare them for the Special Olympics. I can be really dense sometimes, and given what I've read about China forcing women into having late-term abortions, aborting "imperfect" children did not seem like a stretch.
(4) I do not understand the Phelps' obsession and think the Sports Illustrated cover is sort of gross (it goes too low).
(5) I liked my 8th grade Olympics better than these. After all, I got to participate in almost every part of the competition and wasn't relegated to my couch.
(6) I thought it was interesting that the Chinese government asked its citizens to refrain from cooking dog during the Olympics.
(7) I hope that little girl who was told last minute that she couldn't sing her song isn't too messed up as a result of that experience.
(8) Time magazine and I have been wondering the same thing: how fast can humans run before they hit the end of their physical limits? (HT: Tim Challies There's more room for improvement with the longer distances, I would guess, but it seems like at some point with the shorter distances (100 meters, for example) we'll hit our fastest.
p.s. I'm grateful that a 30 day pass to a local gym made it possible for me to work out (1) for free and (2) at 10:30 last night.