Because this woman needs some sleep!
I'm actually sad that they will be ending this weekend because I love watching all the events. But that is the problem. I LOVE watching them so I end up staying up later than I normally would and my ass has been dragging all week.
I've seen a lot of people complaining about their regularly scheduled programming being messed up. I don't get that. Maybe it's because I am a sports nut and I love watching pretty much any sport (except the NBA and golf), but I get so excited when the Olympics come around. I find myself watching random sports that I know nothing about but that I find oddly fascinating. Seriously - we sat there watching the entire gold medal match in women's water polo last night (we record the daytime stuff on NBC everyday). Those women (and the men who play) are amazing athletes. Treading water for that long while also trying to shoot a ball and not be dunked by your opponent can't be easy.
All the track and field events are kind of fun to watch. Pole vaulting? Crazy. I can't even imagine flinging myself 15+ feet in the air on a flexible pole and flying over the bar to go plunging back down to the mat. The triple jump is kind of odd, but interesting. And watching Usain Bolt smoke the field and make it look easy is just amazing.
My favorite summer games events are the swimming ones. I swam competitively from 6th grade through my senior year of high school and did the 200 IM and 100 fly so I know how hard some of the events are. And watching some of the close races that come down to the touch on the wall are some of the most exciting things ever. I still get chills watching the men's 4 X 100 freestyle relay from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Most of all I love seeing the stories of the athletes. We watched the decathlon the other night and after the U.S. athlete wrapped up the gold medal he went and found his mom in the stands and got a big hug from her. Seeing that interaction made me a little misty eyed. Thinking of how proud that mom is of her "little boy" made me smile and daydream about one day watching Andrew accomplish something like that. With the way he dives off the couch and tumbles around everywhere I think he'd make a great gymnast or diver. What do you think - Olympics 2032? A mom can dream...