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How to Purchase Olympic Tickets (in the United States)

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I watched seven hours of track and field today. It was the IAAF World Relays. I was so ready to write about the track-only event that had over 40 countries and 700 athletes competing in a variety of relays.

But I'm not writing about that today. Because I want to give you, the reader, some information that I wish that I had years ago:

How to buy tickets to the Olympics!

For years and years and years, I have watched Olympic games and wondered, "Why are the stands empty? If I knew how to get tickets I would be there in an instant!"

But I never knew how it worked! So the seats remained empty and I remained at home.

Until now.

I have been knee-deep in Olympics coverage since February of 2018, and because I kept my ear to the ground, I heard about CoSport, the ticket reseller for the United States and a few other countries. (Cartan Global is the primary reseller for the rest of the world, while Japanese residents simply apply on the official Tokyo 2020 website.)

In April, the…

Time to Scurry!

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If you're not aware, when I do race recaps, I sprinkle my blog with the names of the songs I listened to as I ran the race. If that's something you like to see, then enjoy!

This weekend marked the second time I ran the Seminary Scurry 5K, a race that takes place at our Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin. My brother is in his last year, so I wanted to take advantage of the fact that we'd be there together!

"Elevate" by DJ Khalil

A difference between this weekend and two years ago was the weather. In 2017 it was cloudy and chilly. This weekend was gorgeous. People were saying that it was probably the best weather the Scurry has ever had! (It helped that it was the first weekend in May instead of the last weekend in April.) There wasn't a cloud in the sky, the breeze was light, and it was in the 50s when we started running.

"Poker Face" by Lady Gaga

My niece was crawling back when I raced in 2017, but now she is almost three years old and ready to do…

Options for Watching the Olympics

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During last week's episode of Olympic Fever, Alison and Jill discussed different ways to watch the Olympics from home. They then challenged the listeners to talk about how they choose to watch the Olympics.

I'm going to break down some of the methods that people take while watching the Summer Olympics, which contains many more events and sports crammed into seventeen days. This makes watching all of them incredibly difficult and exhausting! After I lay down the options, I'll let you know which way I choose to watch the Olympics.

One Sport and One Sport Only

For some, the Olympics are less about a conglomeration of events and more about one additional event in a sporting season. Consider soccer/football, tennis, or golf: these sports have almost year-long seasons, and the Olympics are just another event that's listed on the schedule. (Although I think most of those athletes would hesitate to call it "just another event.")

Fans of singular events might just tun…

Training for the Olympic Atmosphere

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This weekend, I did something not Olympics related. (But it has an Olympic connection - stay with me!)

I attended Star Wars Celebration, a mega convention celebrating all things Star Wars, in Chicago. If you've read my Blurbs for a few years, you know that I published Star Wars Saturday articles in anticipation of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, ran a Star Wars Half-Marathon, and participated in a Star Wars seven movie marathon!

It definitely was a no brainer to attend when I realized that the next Star Wars Celebration was only going to be a couple of hours away (and that it wasn't on Easter weekend!). Since I would still be teaching, I made it easier on myself by only buying passes for Friday and Sunday, giving me Saturday as a rest/recharge day. (Sorely needed, BTW. I'm typing this on Saturday and am so glad I have this day free.)

I felt like this was a good chance for me to experience high crowds in a large city while attending an event that we all enjoy. Kind of…

Is It Time To Talk Track and Field Yet? (Sorrynotsorry)

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There is a lot to be excited about with the upcoming Olympics. I mean, this website's name is "Light the Cauldron," so there's not much that beats Olympic talk.

However, it is not a good idea to miss out on all the stuff that's leading up to the Olympics. Know your athletes! See their conquests! Understand who they are and where they came from, and make your mind up about them before NBC narrows your fandom to its handful of profiled athletes.

This is the season of Spring. Winter sports are just about done, and the sports that feature in the summer Olympics are starting to ramp up.

Which, of course, means that I start waxing poetic on track and field.

(Wait - I've already been doing that? Well, whatever. Now it's outdoors.)

It's easy to watch track and field because it's on or around an oval track. Marathon viewing is easy because the cars can lead the runners on, and cameras are easy to find.

But have you ever watched cross country? No, not cros…

Healthy Competition

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Yesterday, the Men's World Figure Skating Championship program concluded with a wonderful free skate final. Where figure skating had transformed into a "he who doesn't fall wins the medal," the rule changes of last year brought wonderful artistry to all the disciplines - none more so than the men's program.

Everyone was waiting in anticipation for the Yuzuru Hanyu vs. Nathan Chen showdown. While both of them were in last winter's Olympics, Chen's multiple falters in his short program left him well behind the pack, even though his long program score actually exceeded Hanyu's.

This year, it was Hanyu who was struggling after an injury in the fall left him trying to recover in time for this weekend. Meanwhile, Chen was soaring, winning the ISU Grand Prix Final as well as the U.S. National Championships with an insane (and probably inflated, let's be honest) score.

This weekend, both men came out strong, but it was Chen's short program skate that…

Picto-riffic!

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What happens when there are over 6,000 spoken languages in the world and you are hosting a wordwide event where everyone needs to understand what's going on?

Not only is the spoken language a struggle at international events, but the written language can make things difficult. Maps, signs, and directions are usually in the native language of the host city. And while they change their signs to be bilingual with the addition of English, that still doesn't cover everyone's language!

So how is a host city to solve the problem?

If you're Tokyo back in 1964, your answer was pictograms.

The more people started to travel for leisure, the more necessary it was to find a way for people with different languages to understand where things were in unfamiliar cities. The way for everyone to universally understand what was going on was to create a picture language.


For the Olympics, spectators needed to understand where they needed to go to view the events they wanted to see. So pic…