josh (joshc) wrote,
josh
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where are all the field events?

So, the women's gold medal today is a great achievement for U.S. soccer, and a nice sentimental sendoff for the "fab five". I'm sorry to have missed the game. I did, however, see the medals ceremony and while their proud singing of the national anthem is commendable and refreshing and just a nice demonstration of pride and joy, it does provide an explanation of why many competitors may have been reluctant to be vocal on the medals stand.

Without criticizing their singing ability -- because who cares, really? they're elated and want to sing, etc. -- it highlights what I suspect are some issues with timing and the speed of sound that seem to be an issue in large stadiums without microphones.

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Have the crowds been especially rowdy at these games? Delaying the 200m and booing the gymnastics judges -- at last, a little of that anti-Americanism that we were told to expect!

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Compared to swimming, the track competitors seem to be a little more faith-based and the qualifying rounds seem to stretch on forever. Maybe there are more contestants?
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