Let’s shed a brief tear for the Olympics, until the Winter Olympics in Sochi, 2014! The 16 days of Athletic competition consumed us and leaves us a bit empty when finished.
The 2012 Summer Olympics have come to a close. What an amazing time!
204 countries competed. According to the BBC, 85 countries won at least one medal, three countries won their first medals. (NBC reported that 7 countries won their first medals; I tend to rely more on the BBC)
Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
United States 46 29 29 104
China 38 27 23 88
Great Britain 29 17 19 65
Russian Federation 24 26 32 82
This was the first time that every country had a woman athlete. What an amazing thing. I hope that the future is brighter for women around the world. Maybe this small feat will bring about some amazing accomplishments.
Malaysia won their first ever medal in women’s diving! Pandela Ringong Pamg won bronze in the women’s 10m platform.
Maryam Yusuf Jamal won Bahrain’s only medal in the Women’s 1500m.
Michael Phelps made history, winning the most Olympic medals ever. Not taking anything away from his amazing accomplishment, but I wonder if being a sport that has multiple events you can participate in had something to do with that? A gymnast would never have a chance at competing in three Olympics, or in so many events at each one.
Usain Bolt proved he could run fast. I am just flabbergasted at how fast this man can run in such a short time. In running the 100m, you have to get up to speed quickly, and Bolt left everyone in the dust. Wow. Apparently, he is a bit miffed at Carl Lewis, who wouldn’t acknowledge how awesome Bolt is.
The United States won more medals than China. That was a surprise to me. But I think China has replaced the Soviet Union in our competitive minds. The Chinese divers were beautiful to watch and set a high standard for all to follow.
The London Closing ceremony was one great concert. I watched both the BBC version and the NBC version. BBC has it hands down.
NBC provides constant chatter, as if the American audience is too dumb to figure out what is important. They talk over the performance and did not provide the entire show. While they give information, they only give what is important to them. There was a shot of two American athletes smiling together, and NBC only gave the name of one, not both. How unfair. Both were competitors, both were Olympic Athletes. But because one held up her medal, she got her name known.
BBC announcers didn’t say much, only talking when there was something important to share, like a name or reference. Loved it! I have always appreciated how BBC announcers are silent and let the audience watch what is happening. Then after the ceremony, they did recap. Could you imagine American announcers waiting till the end to have their say??? Ah the joy of just watching the beauty of the event and forming my own opinion. Thank you, BBC. I hope that I can watch the winter Olympics on your broadcast.
Now to begin the count down for the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014..then on to Rio in 2016!!