Gymnastics, swimming, track and field, and even the occasional beach volleyball match caught my attention. Which brings me to a question but not THE question of this post ... why do the women wear skimpy bikinis while the guys wear long shorts and t-shirts? What is up with that? The men get eye-candy and we women get nothin'? That is so NOT fair!
I watched in admiration while Michael Phelps won his gold medals wondering all the while if Mark Spitz was sitting at home watching the TV while drinking a beer and thinking "well, it was a good run"; I got a lump in my throat as I watched the Chinese Men's Gymnastics Team hold hands in unity before their Gold Medal Ceremony; and I held my breath each time a diver came too close to the springboard narrowly missing splitting his or her head open like Greg Louganis in the 1988 Olympics.
I have studiously avoided paying any attention to the Medal Count as I just don't think that's what the Games are supposed to be about. The whole "my country is better than your country" aspect of that really puts me off. All of these athletes are superb no matter what country they come from and where they call home.
So, after all that, we finally get to the real question of this post and that's -
Did you watch the Olympics or did you do a better job of avoiding them than I did?