The Olympic Blurb 2016: Day 13

I know that a few days ago I was complaining that the media was reporting low crowds at many of the venues. I said that it was normal for the first few days, especially for preliminary rounds, and that it would pick up later on. Well, I have to say that I am stumped by the lack of crowds at the track and field venue. I don't know why they decided to put track and field in a stadium that is far removed from the rest of the Olympic events, in a questionable area, and still charge such a large amount of money for tickets.

Tuesday's crowd for the evening events, which featured three finals, was abysmal. Yesterday, after Usain Bolt ran, the crowds departed and didn't even stay for the last race, the women's 100m hurdles. And even fewer people stuck around for the 3000m steeplechase medal ceremony. Today, the women's 4x100m relay ran their time trial right at 7pm and barely anyone was there, even though the men's decathlon had been going on for a while before that!

I feel so bad! Plus, I know about 40,000 people in Eugene, Oregon, would gladly fly down to Rio and pack the stadium if they could, and I would gladly join them.

Track and field athletes are used to low crowds. Normal Diamond League meets or smaller events rarely get a large audience. But after the huge draws in Beijing and London, this is depressing.
While track and field isn't as big in non-Olympic years in the United States, it is huge here during the Olympic Games. Even without Usain Bolt, enough citizens of the US have participated in track and field to show it support for many years. 

Rio fans only know one name when it comes to the track and field athletes: Usain Bolt. Because of this, they flock to the stadium when he's participating, and don't if he's not there. For the other athletes, that is a shame. They work just as hard as Bolt in training and performance, yet they aren't getting recognized. 

So get with it, Rio. There are two more nights of track and field left. Fill up that arena and cheer everyone on!!

It's time to meander to the mini blurbs...
  • Today's roundup:
    • women's volleyball
    • track and field
    • women's diving
    • men's kayak
    • men's canoe
    • bmx cycling (from yesterday, but I was catching up)
  • After my blurb about the CBC's coverage of the Olympics, I got this tweet...
  • I was away from the Olympics doing personal things for most of the day, and when I caught up at night, I was surprised at the weirdness! First Ryan Lochte's story was revealed to be a lie covering up stupidity, the women's 4x100m relay team got disqualified from the qualification, then wouldn't be reinstated until they ran a re-run by themselves on the track, and Robby Andrews, in his panic at finishing in the top five during the semis of the 1500m, ran on the infield to pass someone. 
  • Did you know Helen Maroulis won America's first women's wrestling gold today? And she looked like a beast doing it! No patting the hair for her. (And I realized that all wrestlers french braid their hair because of that problem - people tend to grab the hair!)
  • Anyone else notice the advertising written on an Irish flag in the track and field stadium this morning? Apparently it was advertising for a pub! So that begs the question: when I've seen writing written on other flags in different languages, is that also just advertising? 
  • That 4x100m relay was crazy to watch, and I made myself watch both the NBCSN and NBC feeds, featuring different announcers. Out of the five people on the two stations, only Sanya Richards-Ross correctly pointed out that Allyson Felix had been bumped. The others suggested she dropped the baton, threw the baton, and got hurt before handing off the baton. Good eye, Richards-Ross. 
  • It's amazing how early javelin throwers have to release the javelin because momentum is shifting them forward, and if they released it too late they would go right over the line.
  • I got to watch almost all the decathlete events live over the last few days. They have been together for two entire days of competition, ending the morning sessions later than everyone else and starting the evening sessions earlier than everyone else. This goes for the heptathletes, too; it's no wonder they end their final event and just spend ten minutes hugging all their competitors. What a bond!
  • Someone mentioned that decathlete Kevin Mayer of France looked like an Adonis, and every time after that I just looked at him and said "Adonis" instead of "Kevin."
  • The US volleyball team was neck-and-neck in the final set of their match versus Serbia, and when they had the serve near the end, they committed a fault instead. Serbia got the point and won the match with their next serve. That's not a good way to lose.
  • I love shot put. I have to mention this again because the men's action was just as amazing as the women's a few days ago. I love watching some of them put the same way that I did when I was in high school!
  • Events I HAVE to watch over the next two days or else I'll have missed it: BMX cross, rhythmic gymnastics, and synchronized swimming.
Are you getting sleep? Not only am I watching Olympics from 8am-12am, I am also trying to train my body for my normal school sleep schedule, which starts next week. I'm tired! But catch some zzzs, and I'll see you tomorrow.


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