Pride of a Nation

Michael Phelps retracting his fins after winning gold in the Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay.
The Olympics is the pinnacle of athletic accolades. It doesn't matter whether or not you fancy gymnastics, judo, or rowing. The truth is, this occasion boasts a compilation of the most exciting, able-bodied men and women in the entire world. I couldn't fathom the training regiments that are required to compete on the Olympic level, but I truly enjoy witnessing the end results (the Men's Gymnastics Final was a marvel to watch and I am going to assume that most have already witnessed the Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay via some sort of media outlet). Unfortunately, (with the recent cloud of performance-enhancers) the mass appeal isn't as profound as it once was, however, the notion of national competition is still an easy premise to get behind. As of this post, the United States leads the overall medal count with 20, closely followed by host country, China (16), and South Korea (10).

There is no purpose to this abbreviated blog... other than being an open love-letter to the Olympic games, of course. We are only a few days in and I have already observed a copious amount of exciting coverage (who would have guessed Women's Handball was so engaging?). I suppose all I can say is, to those who might write off the Olympics at first glance, give it a chance (or several) throughout the week and see if something doesn't draw your attention. With over 30 different disciplines, there is something for everyone. Currently, basketball and swimming are getting the bulk of the mainstream coverage, but the meat and potatoes (Track and Field) has yet to commence. Names such as Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell, and Usain Bolt are looking to make their mark on the track and take the title of "World's Fastest Man." Here is a to new, clean gold medalist! ... Allegedly.

In the meantime, I will contine to overindulge in Olympic coverage until I find myself in a patriotic coma. Stay tuned for my in-depth analysis of the Equestrian Team Show Jumping final!
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Posted by MasterSplinter
Michael Phelps retracting his fins after winning gold in the Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay.
The Olympics is the pinnacle of athletic accolades. It doesn't matter whether or not you fancy gymnastics, judo, or rowing. The truth is, this occasion boasts a compilation of the most exciting, able-bodied men and women in the entire world. I couldn't fathom the training regiments that are required to compete on the Olympic level, but I truly enjoy witnessing the end results (the Men's Gymnastics Final was a marvel to watch and I am going to assume that most have already witnessed the Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay via some sort of media outlet). Unfortunately, (with the recent cloud of performance-enhancers) the mass appeal isn't as profound as it once was, however, the notion of national competition is still an easy premise to get behind. As of this post, the United States leads the overall medal count with 20, closely followed by host country, China (16), and South Korea (10).

There is no purpose to this abbreviated blog... other than being an open love-letter to the Olympic games, of course. We are only a few days in and I have already observed a copious amount of exciting coverage (who would have guessed Women's Handball was so engaging?). I suppose all I can say is, to those who might write off the Olympics at first glance, give it a chance (or several) throughout the week and see if something doesn't draw your attention. With over 30 different disciplines, there is something for everyone. Currently, basketball and swimming are getting the bulk of the mainstream coverage, but the meat and potatoes (Track and Field) has yet to commence. Names such as Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell, and Usain Bolt are looking to make their mark on the track and take the title of "World's Fastest Man." Here is a to new, clean gold medalist! ... Allegedly.

In the meantime, I will contine to overindulge in Olympic coverage until I find myself in a patriotic coma. Stay tuned for my in-depth analysis of the Equestrian Team Show Jumping final!
Posted by Sweep

WOOT EQUESTRIANISM FTW!!

COME ON ENGLAND!!

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Posted by Claude

Hear, hear, MasterSplinter, good to see you back. I too enjoy the Olympic Games, it's always on in the background. I watched a great game between the USA and China, gotcha, it was women's water polo. A young Chinese group verses the reigning world champions. It was back and forth until team USA pulled it out at the end, engrossing, full of drama and I had to take a break afterwards. Water polo is harder than people realize, I think, hats off to all the athletes around the world competing. See you around, MasterSpinter, go forth and learn some more.

Posted by TheGamerGeek

Very little things in the Olympics are clean,I think.

Posted by SmAsH

Actually Splinter you are wrong, the USA is not first, China is. Although the US has more medals, all those bronze medals are nothing compared to 17 gold and 5 silver by the Chinese.

                                            Gold       Silver    Bronze     Total








1.   China 


17           5          5            27 
2.   United States 


10            8  
         11            29 
3.   South Korea 


          6          1           13 
Posted by MasterSplinter

"As of this post, the United States leads the overall medal count with 20, closely followed by host country, China (16), and South Korea (10)."

Not trying to be rude SmAsH, but I don't think you should call me out when I said nothing wrong in the first place. The United States was first in the overall medal count (and still are as of 3:34 pm et) and that fact is irrefutable.

Posted by Joseppie

I'm turning out to be more and more interested in the Games the longer it goes on. Even though that seems to happen every year, this year seems special because of all the amazing stuff happening.