Aaron’s word of inspiration today is Olympic.
As we all know, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been going on for the last few weeks. Apparently the closing ceremonies are today which is why Aaron’s word for this week is Olympic.
I usually don’t watch a lot of the Olympics, but this year I did. I think mostly because I was avoiding my move. Once I actually moved, I didn’t watch them so much. But before, it was just constant! But also, once I started packing, I had to use my laptop for entertainment. This meant that I could choose which events I wanted to watch instead of being dependent on whatever was streaming on the tv at the moment.
I am very particular about what I watch at the Olympics. Since I’m generally not really into sports, I am quite limited on what I will watch. This year was a lot of diving. I think I have watched every single diving event. At least the finals. The preliminaries and the semi-finals are just too much for me. But since I can pick and choose that’s ok! I also love watching the gymnastics. ESPECIALLY the trampoline! I was actually really shocked this year at how many accidents happened during the trampoline routines. LIKE SO MANY!!! I was not expecting that at all.
Some other events that I watched: skateboarding (only because it was playing on the tv), some volleyball, a basketball game. I did watch one game of rugby sevens which I didn’t understand AT ALL and thus hated it. I watched a routine of artistic swimming, and some lane swimming too.
I have been a little bit jaded against some of the events this year. Particularly the women’s diving. They are judged on their entry into the water, and the Chinese had a diver who was only 14. Which I don’t think is fair. She made like a negative splash almost because she’s so small, but also, like she hasn’t really gone through puberty yet. The other divers are in their late teens and up and they have bodies. This little tiny Chinese baby was straight as a board – of course she’s going to be able to bend in half better and of course she is going to make such a TINY splash. I personally don’t think that’s fair at all. And of course the who concept of uniforms comes into play too.
I was having coffee with someone yesterday and this subject came up. I was asked if I thought it was ok for a transgendered person to participate (the example being there was a transgendered woman on the Canadian soccer team that just won gold) and I said yeah sure I don’t care. And then they countered that with, but what about performance enhancing drugs? And I was a little caught off guard. After giving it a nice little examination, I said that the difference is the performance enhancing part. The transgendered woman would have been taking estrogen to replace the body’s natural testosterone so I don’t think that would have given her an advantage. However, the athletes who take the enhancing drugs are doing it to give themselves an edge and that’s not fair. And then my friend also brought up the athlete who was born a hermaphrodite and her body naturally produced the testosterone and when tested her limits were too high and wasn’t allowed to compete (not this year but a few years ago). And how did that play into it all. It was a great conversation, definitely one I was not prepared for, but good all the same!
The one thing that always gets me, and I’m not exactly sure why, is I get so freaking emotional during medal ceremonies. Like I have no idea who these people are, usually the ones I am watching are not from Canada – but I get all teary eyed. Even if I’m watching line the gold medal match or finals for something, when they get down to the very end and the person who is getting gold actually finds out that, yes, they are getting gold, it’s all the emotions. Does this happen to you?! Or am I just a weepy person for no reason? I think this year was a little bit more pronounced because of all the stress I was under from the move and how much of a monumental life change that is, and also last week I had my period so obviously I’m more emotional than usual. But even without all those things, I still get emotional during these times.
Have you been enjoying the Olympics? What are your favourite summer events to watch? Any thoughts on the controversial things I have brought up today?