Random Thoughts on London 2012 #2: Ryan Lochte, Archery Rules & Misty and Kerry

by Lian on July 28, 2012

First full day o’ competition and that meant a full day of TV viewing. I can’t believe I’m saying this: there are almost too many sports and TV options. We were temporarily overwhelmed while we worked out our system of viewing/DVRing. We’ve hand to write out a channel cheat sheet for more efficient clicking. By Monday, we’ll be world class in TV management.

So, here we go…

Note to self: Put badminton net up for backyard Olympics. Everybody enjoys badminton.

There is a 14 year- old American female fencer who is fierce. Keep your eye on her.

Though we’d like to see the IOC explore the idea of Swashbuckling in the Olympics.

Loved that Vinakorov takes the road race! Very exciting. But what happened to the Brits? Too many nightmares of Big Creepy Baby to make your move?

Hey, Mr. Romney. This is England. We got a million people watching a bunch of cyclists. How you like me now?

The striped jerseys of US soccer are growing on me.

Michael Phelps doesn’t look like himself in prelims. He sez he felt “awful.”  If I was a betting man…

The non-stop mocking by the men in my house have made dressage unwatchable.

Most unexpected pleasure of the day: The nail-biting archery competition with the adorable American frat boys/archers taking home the second

One of the archers was wearing high-top Cons in red, white and blue. Righteous.

Johnny Mac and Ryan Seacrest in the studio? And no Chris Collingsworth? An Olympic miracle.

Two thumbs up for the highlight reel of Chinese gymnastics mishaps. Remember, I’m the same person who roots against Tiger.

Totally onboard with all the volleyball this year. Even the beach Volleyball that I believe has gotten too much airtime in the past. But Misty and Kerry are an even better story this year. Go, mamas.

And loving the surf shirt/bikini bottom look, Ladies.

400 IM: Ryan, Ryan, Ryan, Ryan.  Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes.

Micheal Phelps was uber-gracious in his post-race interview. Good for him.

Mrs. Phelps, Chicolicious.

Here’s a phrase you don’t here very often: an inspirational Irish gymnastics story. And it was. Young Keiran even looked a touch like a leprauchan.

Good Spidey-suits on American men gymnasts. Let’s go, boys.

The gymnast from the Bronx tape? Sob, sob. Up Close and Personal lives!!!

I have never seen so many gymnasts actually fall.

They could explain gymnastics scoring to me every night for the next year and I wouldn’t get it. Plus, it always does seems a little fixed, yes? Or “predetermined” at any rate.

Re: Brandi Chastain v Hope Solo Twitterwar: Brandi talks way, way too much during the game. And she’d too much of a fan, not an analyst. She should be allowed to criticize US play, Hope, that’s her job. But Brandi just goes on and on like she is afraid of silence.

Off to bed. Gotta rest up for Sunday.


Embracing my Chaos, Lian

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pat in o.c. July 30, 2012 at 8:12 AM

More Ryan, walking, standing, lifting, eating, anything. All Good.

More male Argentine, Italian, Spanish, Norwegian anything please….water polo & swimming brilliant.

Ping Player who is BFF’s with Bill Gates & Warren Buffett. What a smart phone contact list she must have…….

Cycling, 38 year old Gold Medal winner….Team GB fell short…but, the London crowds were amazing. City looked beautiful.

Brandi-yes, she seems to have the Johnny Miller-Tim McCarver syndrome –
but, 2 Gold Medals, 2 World Cups in hand, including winning the biggest match in women’s soccer. Hope, part of the team that lost the World Cup. Winning the Gold will shut everyone up.

Phelps-he’ll medal, & break the record. How sad that is seen as an underachievement…..it’s all gravy for him.

Two 5’6″ multi-millionaires – Bob & Ryan.

Debbie in Bethesda July 29, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Love your overviews. I agree the viewing aspect is challenging but love viewing the sports you never usually see. Iasise from what you watched, I also saw women’s handball (very rough and lots if pushing) and air rifle (very interesting). In general am very impressed by the high presence of women doing sports other than swimming and gymnastics. I am focusing my 13 year old daughter’s attention on those activities as she will only watch in 30 minute spurts so I must prioritize. So far today it is women’s weightlifting.

Also agree Phelps did not look well even before competition. Hope he feels better!

Mari @Bookworm with a View July 29, 2012 at 6:22 AM

I also root against Tiger, can’t foresee a day when I’m rooting for him. He’s a creep, let’s leave it there.

It’s going to be a long week for Phelps if yesterday is an indicator… hoping he turns things around. Did you notice that the pool isn’t fast this year, normally records are breaking… I don’t understand how a pool can have this impact. Please explain.

Getting my run in early today so I can watch coverage all day/night while decompressing from vacation, prepping for the work week. woohoo!

Cathy Myers July 29, 2012 at 3:54 AM

Lian, Just love your hysterical round-ups! Sorry I missed the archery. Recently saw a documentary on how the Chinese capture N Korean refugees and send them back where they are gravely punished (as if life there isn’t already horrendous). Know it’s not the athletes fault, but find myself rooting against China in all sports!

Kitty July 28, 2012 at 10:25 PM

I missed a lot of it today love your highlights!

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