Sunday, February 12, 2006

The thrill of victory...and the agony of defeat

Posted by kuri, ping, the pinglet, & mini-ping on 2/12/2006
It's 4 AM. Yes, that's what I said. FOUR. A.M. And we are still awake. Watching the Olympics. Aren't you?

Well, maybe you're lucky enough to be in a time zone that allows you to watch the Games in the daylight hours...although last night we watched the opening ceremonies until the daylight hours of 6:30 AM. This was because I needed to see the official opening of the Games, which as everyone knows, is when they light the flame.

I'm not sure exactly why it took 2 1/2 hours for the flame to be lit. But it did. Every time a break came in the opening ceremonies, I punched Ping in the shoulder and said, "This is it!" Which woke him up. Unfortunately, this happened about 10 times because the opening ceremony went on. And on. And on. It started to become a joke...

"Maybe the torch will come out of her dress."

"Maybe it will come out of the floor."

"Maybe Susan Sarandon (who was carrying the Olympic flag) has it in her shoe."

When the lighting ceremony finally did happen (at 6:30 am, 2 1/2 hours after the start of the ceremony), it was, of course, fabulous.

I love the Olympics. Love it! I will be spending the next few days in front of the television, rooting for every single athlete, from every country and from every walk of life.

4 of you feeling verklempt. Tawlk amongst yourselves:

Narelle said...

I have never really been into the winter Olympics but I am the same with the summer ones. The Commonwealth Games are in Melbourne this year and start mid March so cannot wait for that to happen. I am going to have the internet going full time in the classroom plus the TV on all of the time at home - love those Commonwealth Games !!!


PS What does Susan Saradon do in the Olympics - which sport??

kuri & ping said...

Narelle, LOL...Susan Sarandon is an actress who is one of the "ambassadors" for UNICEF, which was why she was one of the people carrying the Olympic flag. There were 6 women carrying the flag which is a first. They were a mix of famous athletes, actresses (Sophia Loren was there too), and some other women that I didn't recognize.

Narelle said...

Ahh ok understand !!! I had this picture of her being flung around the ice skating rink or something :)


Cari said...

I'm terrible, I *hate* the Olympics. Have already banned it as a discussion topic in class. Though that has to do more with their obsession of the weight of the Japanese skaeters than the Olympics them selves.

Glad you're feeling better!


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