August 7, 2012
I know a lot of people aren’t too happy about NBC’s coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and I’m one of them. I’ve never been too crazy about watching an event when I already know what happened. Other than that, I’ve enjoyed watching the games. There have been a lot of great moments during the last week and a half. You have American gymnast Gabby Douglas, who won the gold medal in the all-around gymnastics competition. You have swimmer Michael Phelps, who became the most decorated Olympic athlete in the history of the games with 22 medals. Phelps, who said he is retiring from swimming after these Olympic games, has an amazing 18 gold medals in those 22 that was mentioned earlier. Of course, I would be crazy to write something about the Olympics without mentioning Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who showed he is still the man to beat after winning another gold medal in the 100-meter race. Bolt set an Olympic record in winning a race that saw the top four finishers run in 9.8 seconds or faster. The Olympics have had some crazy stories as well, such as the badminton scandal where teams were accused of throwing games. You’ve also seen some displays of poor sportsmanship when some athletes don’t win the gold. I understand men and women are disappointed if things don’t go the way they might have planned, but they don’t have to be sore losers about it. But overall, I’ve liked what we have seen from London. I actually had the pleasure of watching the U.S. Women’s soccer team’s game against Canada in the semifinals of that tournament (and it was live). That was one of the best soccer games that I’ve seen in quite a while. I expect another classic when the Americans play Japan in the gold medal game on Thursday in a rematch from last year’s Women’s World Cup final that saw the Japanese win in a penalty shootout. At any rate, I would like to hear from the rest of you out there in the sports world. I would like to know what stands out to you from the Olympics so far. Maybe the moment haven’t happened for some of you. Maybe it will come if (and probably when) the U.S. Men’s basketball team can bring home the gold. Or it could come when Bolt attempts to double up on gold in the 200-meter race, just like he did in the 100. Let me know what has stood out from the games for you. I’m interested in your response.
By Charles Taylor