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I’ve had a great time watching the Olympics this year. I’ve been glued to the channels that show the sports and have learned so much. I’ve rooted for the US teams/Olympians and have been disappointed with them when they lost a match/race/game.

I’ve loved watching the beach volleyball duo win match after match; they haven’t lost in a year and have been the only pair to go to 2 Olympics (much less win both!). The women’s soccer was amazing; they pushed themselves so hard and played as a real team.

I’ve also cheered on many others around the world. We’re all God’s children and everyone that competed obviously worked so hard to get there.  I admire that spirit and determination. They combined their God-given talent with countless hours of sweat and tears to get them where they wanted to be.

It really makes me wonder…what am I not doing that I should with my talents? Where could I take myself if I tried that hard?

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So here’s the update of the top 3 as of Wednesday.

  • US- 26 Gold, 28 Silver, 28 Bronze
  • China- 45 Gold, 14 Silver, 20 Bronze
  • Russia- 13 Gold, 14 Silver, 18 Bronze

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We’ve been watching a lot of the Olympics in our house since it started. I’ve been surprised how much our family has been sucked into the games! I’ve been watching sports I never thought I’d watch (table tennis, archery, fencing, dressage, etc).

I’ve kept a close eye on the Chinese teams in particular (after the US teams, of course). They have the most gold medals by far and are clearly doing well. Yesterday I watched the men’s volleyball, China vs. Japan. The stand was full of Chinese who came to support their team. They won the first 2 rounds, lost the next 2, then played a tie-breaker game and won. What was interesting to me was to see the people in the stands.  Their support and enthusiasm for their team was deafening.

But it also made me think. China and Japan have had such bad blood for so many hundreds of years. Their history is bloody, brutal, and cruel. I couldn’t help but wonder how much of the cheer was simply that China was beating Japan and not just in a game. It’s sad to think there would be so much animosity still deep-rooted between the 2 countries (justified or not). I hope I am wrong.

One controversy that has popped up is about the little girl that sang in the opening ceremonies. During the auditions for her part, they were looking for a girl that was cute, could sing well, and was “flawless in character”. They found a little girl, but she wasn’t cute enough, so they had her sing behind the scenes while they had a cuter little girl sing out front (the one we saw).

Of course the media has gone nuts with this, saying how awful it is. And it’s not good. But China is putting their best face out there. They want to look good to the world. They want everything to appear perfect, because we all know it’s not. So they cut a couple corners. And they admitted it; the behind-the-scenes girl’s picture is all over the media. They invited the world in to their home and are serving the best. We all do the same.

Another controversy is that the youngest gymnast girl is 13, instead of the required 16 during the Olympic year. That’s still to be found out entirely.

Like I said in an earlier post, it will still be interesting to see how the games continue to go.

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Just in case anyone’s not keeping up, here’s the top 3 countries as of Tuesday night.

The US has 7 gold, 7 silver, 8 bronze.

China has 13 gold, 3 silver, 4 bronze.

Korea has 5 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze.

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The Olympics begin today in Beijing! I’m really looking forward to seeing some of the games. Gab and I watched some of the diving and gymnastic trials awhile back and it was truly amazing to see these athletes. The dedication and work they put into their sport is quite impressive.

I love the stadium recently built. It’s built to look like a bird’s nest and really does. The developers even had to make a new steel that would bend yet still support the structure. Can you imagine?? I wouldn’t have wanted that job in the beginning, but wouldn’t mind being paid for it!

I think it’s amazing that the world can actually come together every few years for summer and winter olympics and agree on the common rules and play games. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to take these athletes and put them in the political realm and let them figure out the world’s issues and problems. Just for making it to the debates, each country would be a winner. They could compete to see what country wins an argument, and have 2 runners-up to help the winning country achieve their goals. Then every country has a fair shot…no rich vs. poor. No powerful vs. humble. No popular vs. invisible. Just skill against skill. And a group working together to achieve a common goal.

Here’s the link to the official Olympic page…it has awesome pics and the schedule of events. GO USA!!!! Bring home the gold!!

http://en.beijing2008.cn/

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