Now that the semester is done, I can concentrate a little more on my blog. However, I do have a little obstacle to overcome that's making me a little nervous:
I am cutting my cable.
As of tomorrow (Monday, July 9) I will no longer have to pay money for television that I barely watch. Honestly, the only reason I had the cable was to get unlimited access to watch the Olympics. Last year I expanded my package in order to get the Olympic Channel - a worthwhile addition, but not enough to justify paying as much money as I am each month.
I purchased the track and field NBC Sports Gold package, which gives me commercial-free access to all the track and field events that NBC broadcasts for the entire calendar year. But how do I watch the other Olympic events?
Well, I can watch track and field live, but I'll probably be watching other stuff on delay. That's okay by me when it's not a World Championship or other major event. YouTube is actually a pretty good place for that; lots of national sports associations maintain a solid social media presence in order to attract new spectators and fans for their sports. Just a quick search for "USA Gymnastics" brought me to their page and a full event replay of the 2018 USA Gymnastics Championships (rhythmic and trampoline) from yesterday, which they had streamed live.
By looking at event websites, I found a few other ways to catch Olympic sports in action. The TYR Pro Swim Series website livestreams all their events (they did it this weekend out of Columbus), and they archive former events as well.
If you have a favorite Olympic sport that you watch every four years, do a little digging, and you might find that you'll be able to watch those favorite athletes and events throughout the Olympic cycle!
Tokyo 2020 Prep
I realized this past week that my email from CoSport - the travel agency that specializes in the Olympics - had been sorted into the "Spam" folder! I rescued it and labeled it as "not Spam" for future reference.
Anyway, they sent me a draft competition schedule and a venue map and said that ticket packages would likely open up before the end of the year.
I'm still deliberating whether or not to go with this (expensive) company or forge my own way. If you have any advice (or maybe even have attended an Olympics in the past?) let me know!
Olympic Channel Video of the Week
I love the "Strangest Moments" playlist, and this week's was not only strange, but pretty depressing!
- There wasn't much of a BlurbWatch, since the only thing I managed to watch this weekend was track and field. But there will be more in the weeks to come!
- I caught the Peachtree Road Race 10K, which was held in Atlanta on July 4. Several Olympians were in the field, including the men's elite winner, Bernard Lagat. Stephanie Bruce took the women's event in the last 400 meters, beating Aliphine Tuliamuk in the last 400 meters of the race. (It looked like Tuliamuk was going to run away with it for much of the race!)
- The Lausanne Diamond League was on Thursday, and there were lots of sparks. Firstly, Yomif Kejelcha, who was leading the men's 5000 meters, stumbled with about 120 meters to go and was going to fall. Out of desperation, he grabbed the shorts of his teammate Selemon Barega, causing him to swirl out of first place and allow Bahrain's Birhanu Balew to blast to the win. Kejelcha and Barega both got at it with each other at the finish line, proving that every track athlete has a short temper when the going gets rough.
- Noah Lyles and Michael Norman didn't disappoint their first international showdown, with both in the lead down the raceway in the men's 200 meters, and Lyles taking over with 20 meters to go. Man, I hope they can push each other to new heights in these next 2 years.
- It's been fun to see Sochi back in the spotlight during the men's World Cup. Apparently it got that tourism boost that it was hoping for after the 2014 Olympics and is a hotspot for visitors...in the summertime! (Remember: it was known as a beach resort back before it hosted the Winter Olympics.)
Weekly Cauldron Check
Is the cauldron lit????
I'm Claire Nat and you're reading Light The Cauldron! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @CauldronLight and read my past Olympic articles! You can start with my daily recap of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics HERE!