Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Stages of an Olympic Fan

Everybody grows.

We are born and rely on our parents because we can't do it ourselves. As kids, the actions and words of the people around us shape our beliefs. As adults, we still grow and change. No matter what job a person has, what hobbies a person enjoys, or what fandoms in which a person takes part, their opinions and beliefs of those things change as they grow in them. 

Now that my Olympic fandom is more than just a biennial celebration, I'm starting to see my opinions and beliefs change, too. From those changes, I've put together some stages I took as I grew up. Here's where I've been:

Stage 1: Two Weeks Every Two Years

I was showing my students examples of what I would put on my personal Art board, and one of them was the Olympic rings. A student copied the Olympic Rings on her board, but confessed, "I just like watching them." 

She is in Stage 1. Any other time of the year she wouldn't pay any attention to Olympic events, but in those two weeks she likes it when her parents put it on the television. It's a great step! There are some people who would rather watch anything else; she is not one of those people. 

It's important for people in the higher stages not to look down on people in Stage 1. If you love the Olympics and someone comes up to you and says, "I love watching the Olympics! I loved it when Bolt won for the USA!" don't immediately correct them and douse their love. Build on that love, and they'll progress to

Stage 2: U-S-A! U-S-A! National Pride

Stage 2 people adore the Olympics, but usually only when their national team does really well. Outside of the Olympics they would tune into competitions if they recognized athletes as those that competed for their team. When marketing allows for Team USA members to be plastered all over the place, it also allows for competitions to plaster those same faces on posters in order to attract those Stage 2 people. 

National pride is terrific. I love watching the crowds at international sporting events because different pockets become excited at different times for different athletes. However, it is really important that this nationalism doesn't turn into xenophobia. Don't hate on a country just because your country lost to them. In this day and age, people can lean into xenophobia and not even realize it. Be aware! Support your country with pride, not hate.

Stage 3: Olympic Feeding Squad

As that Olympic love grows, it needs to be fed, and two years is way too long of a gap between feedings. There needs to be smaller feedings in between. Lucky for us, there are athletic competitions taking place all over the world all the time! When the summer sports wrap up, the winter sports are getting warmed up, and vice versa. It is a lovely cacophony of all the great sports. 

I've been in Stage 3 for many years. Thanks to cable I was able to catch many competitions. My parents even made fun of me when I would want to watch gymnastics on the Big Ten Network. ("I hear that they're showing archery tomorrow!") But I watch it because I want to stay connected. I watched because I wanted to be ready to root for some of the athletes that don't get as much attention from the media, but are dominant in their sport. Ever heard of Kim Rhode? She's an Olympian who's won three gold medals and been in the Olympics ever since Atlanta. She shoots, so she's not on the Wheaties boxes. But you should know her!

Stage 4: History Buff

It's easy to remember Olympics from eight years ago, and it's easy to remember one or two little things from Olympics of your childhood, but do you recall any Olympic memories from 1932? Do you even know where those Olympics were? (Answer at the end!)

The history of the Olympics is amazing. The more I read The Games by David Goldblatt and watch Olympic Channel history videos, the more I am interested in filling all my Olympic holes. (I'll be reviewing The Games in an upcoming blog!)

Just a small spit of history: while we know these modern athletes to come from all different backgrounds, the Olympics of the early 20th century were sports enjoyed by aristocrats and competed by the bourgeoisie. It made it very hard for commonfolk to overcome the rich-white-boy-sport stigma and make the Games something everyone could strive to do. 

Stage 4 doesn't require a computer brain to spout off information. When men's long jump comes on the screen, you don't have to spout off, "Bob Beamon has the Olympic record in long jump from 1968 and he jumped so far they had to postpone the event because the electronic measuring tape didn't record it and they needed to bring in a measuring tape to prove he'd jumped the record and he did which was 8.9 meters and that was the world record until 1991..." But it does mean when someone mentions Nadia Comaneci during women's gymnastics, you might say, "I remember her! Didn't she compete in Montreal?"

Stage 5: International Pride

Learning about the history of the Olympics means that you'll be exposed to amazing athletes outside of your country. Before long, that national pride will develop into international pride and appreciation for a job well done by athletes all over the world!

Coming into stage 5 is very difficult, especially for those who have a rabid sense of national pride. It would seem outrageous to root for the Canadian men's hockey team, or the Japanese women's soccer team, because they are direct rivals to their American counterparts. However, stage 5 means that you're just looking for good events. It might make for nailbiting action, but if it results in a great game, it's worth it!

Stage 6: New Sport Alert

What are sports in the summer Olympics? Ask a child this one day (one that's watched some Olympics). They'll probably spout off three sports: gymnastics, swimming, and track and field. Why? Because that's what is aired on NBC most nights. 

When you've achieved stage 5, suddenly new sports are open to you. Learning about the Asian heritage in martial arts means that watching taekwondo and karate is fascinating - even if an American isn't competing. Watching informational videos about amazing young climbers means that sport climbing suddenly becomes a must-watch event. An African country sending its first athletes to compete in rugby means that you get to discover the crazy, hyper-football sport known as rugby-7s!

Stage 7: All Day, Every Day

This is very different from Stage 1. Now you're following Olympic athletes on social media, watching Olympic videos, and listening to Olympic-related podcasts. You're discovering a bright new world of professional sports that don't simply contain baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and auto racing. Wimbledon becomes a must-watch every year. You mark your calendar for the gymnastics national and world championships. (Those are in October this year, BTW.) Weekends are about watching track and field in the mornings. 

A word of warning about Stage 7: like any fandom, it can be easy to burn out. Too much intake can mean frustration with athletes, sport organizations, or rules. If that ever comes, take a step back. Breathe, enjoy something else, and come back when you're ready to enjoy and have fun again!

Stage 8: Experience the Olympics Live

There's not much to explain about this stage. You're buying tickets and you're going to see these athletes and events in person! Heck, you might even be volunteering instead!

Stage 9: ???

I'm not sure what Stage 9 would contain. I guess it would be Olympic involvement increasing so much that you're getting paid to work the Olympics or promote the Olympic spirit. Regardless, all of these stages are a positive trend. There can be setbacks to any stage, but the Olympic spirit will wait for you. 

What do you think about my stages? Are there any stages that you would move around or add to? Which stage are you on? Let me know - I would be excited to hear your thoughts!

Olympic Channel Video of the Week

I'm going to give you two videos this week, because I was enthralled by both. They're a little longer, but worth your time. The professionalism done on these are very well done!

The first is all about South Africa's history of apartheid and its negative affect on all of its athletes, and how the elimination of that law allowed athletes to come out and thrive:

The second video came out the next day, and covered a beautiful beach in Fukushima, perfect for surfing. The area was devastated in March 2011 when a tsunami hit Japan and caused nuclear reactor meltowns in Fukushima. Now the area is working to recover and try to promote the beach once again. 

Tokyo 2020 Prep

I got an email on Friday from Jet Set Sports, another company that does Olympic travel. I applied there for information about six months ago, so I'm surprised to hear from them after so long. They want me to call and discuss my interests and their offerings. Should I call to humor them? Or am I asking for spam calls and aggressive, pushy behavior? 

Mini Blurbs

  • This week's BlurbWatch
    • Gymnastics
    • Baseball
    • Beach Volleyball
  • Team USA gymnastics is still dominant, but it's still not at its peak. The giant sexual assault scandal and subsequent USA Gymnastics heirarchy cover-up and overhaul means that the women on the apparatuses may be amazing, but there is a lot to do in order to make USA Gymnastics a respectable organization again. 
  • I loved the statement Simone Biles made with her teal leotard, and second place goes to Jordan Chiles' Wonder Woman-inspired leotard (and Wonder Woman soundtrack floor routine!).
  • I have all the respect in the world for beach volleyball athletes - men and women. That's a lot of ground to cover, and there's only two of them, and the area is all sand
  • Phil Dalhauser, who I watched win gold in the Beijing Olympics ten years ago, just won the AVP Manhattan Beach Open. So... is he immortal or something?
  • Answer to the question above: Los Angeles hosted the 1932 Olympics!

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

It's a Mini Olympic Blurb Blog!

I was on vacation seeing my family last week, but Olympic news never sleeps! (No matter what mainstream media might tell you.) Blurb On!

  • This week's Blurb Watch:
    • gymnastics
    • swimming
    • track and field
    • baseball
  • There wasn't a whole lot of women's pole vault yesterday at the Diamond League out of Birmingham, England, but it was a day when weather really played a factor. Three of the top pole vaulters in the world didn't even make a mark, while Katerina Stefanidi only made one mark in getting second place. It wasn't rain or storms; it was wind! Take a long pole and try to stand up at the top as a strong wind is blowing - I'm guessing you're not going to blow in the right direction!
  • Think that swimming is the only sport with races that finish by thousandths of a second? The Diamond League 100m race had Team USA's Christian Coleman beating Great Britain's Reece Prescod by that amount. Honestly, you could barely tell who won, and Prescod was in front where the camera was. But it wasn't a World Championship or Olympics, so did it really matter?
  • Last week was the European Championships, and Mondo Duplantis, who was born in America and competes for Sweden, ended up winning the competition and breaking the American record in pole vault, leaping over 6 meters for the first time. Yes, you heard me: he competes for Sweden, yet broke the American record. Definitely a hole in the rules.
  • Lilly King's biggest rival might be Yulia Efimova, but she's not the only one who is up for the challenge. Micah Sumrall actually won the 200m at Pan Pacs. King is known more for the 100m, but you know she's training hard to get that 200m win, as well. 
  • I'd be more excited for Sam Mikulak's dominating win in the gymnastics national championships yesterday if I wasn't convinced he's going to flop like he usually does in international competition. (He did look really, really good last night. As a matter of fact, here's his high bar routine that clinched it:)
  • In 2016 Kuwait was banned from the Olympics and athletes had to compete under the neutral flag. But every so often the governing bodies lift the ban so that they can compete. It's a little confusing, but apparently progress in eliminating their government interference means that the IOC can open and shut the door whenever they want? 
If you're reading this on Sunday, the women's gymnastics national championship is tonight. Make sure to watch!

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Race Recap: Summerfest 5K

It's not often that you get to walk to the starting line of a race, but I was able to do so yesterday when I went to my hometown for their Summerfest 5K. As usual, I will recap the race while inserting the titles of music I listened to during the race.

The Proclaimers, "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"

My parents' driveway and the finish line!
My parents' home is smack in the middle of our small city, across the street from City Hall. As a result, I didn't have to worry about parking, didn't have to worry about waking up early, and didn't have to worry about where to put my car keys or wallet or stuff like that. I just woke up about 30 minutes before the race, threw on my normal running garb, and walked out to the starting line about half a block away.

Yuki Hayashi, "You Say Run"

I have been to large and small races, and this one was on the smaller side (though not the smallest I've ever ran). I'd say about 150-200 racers were present on a beautiful Saturday morning - there were not too many clouds in the sky and the humidity was low.

Over the summer I got back into running after taking almost a year off. Once I got out of graduate school I made it a habit of running four days a week. Each time I would shave time off my walking pace and add it to my running pace. (I'm a follower of the Galloway run-walk method.) By the time I got to the race, I was walking for 1:15 and running for 1:45.

KANA-BOON, "Silhouette"

The biggest challenge of this race was the start - as always. Unlike the races I've done in the past, I actually started my pacing at a walk instead of starting with a run. It was probably the best decision I made because I didn't have to deal with any congestion at the starting line; the runners all bolted ahead of me and the walkers stayed behind me. When it was time for me to start running, I had a wide-open lane.

Dust Follows, "Shikra"

The route of the race was clearly meant to imitate those big races but didn't require the city to close any major roads in the area. We started down a neighborhood street by City Hall and then cut into a nearby park. The park path (a former railroad track) took us to the local library and middle school, which connected to the school about 1/4 mile away from another school by a small road. After we circled that school, we traced our steps back to City Hall.

It was the second out-and-back course I'd done, and I liked it. Because we did the loop around the school, the majority of the runners that would have been passing me on their way back ended up heading back while I was still in the loop.

alt-J, "Left Hand Free"

There were runners that started out at the pace of the rest of that initial crowd, and then faded back as they slowed their pace. Those were my prey. I would pinpoint people that were starting to shuffle or walk, and made it a point to focus on passing them. Even though I was doing the run-walk, I didn't have a whole lot of back-and-forth with me passing, then them passing, then me, and so on. Instead, I would pass them and then ended up surprised when I didn't see them again!

Little Mix, "Salute"

I love road running, and there were a couple of times when neighbors drove their cars down the street as we were running. That was a bit frustrating, and I wish the road had been more clearly marked to show where the cars might be and where the runners should be. We runners had seen that the finish line was marked on the left side of the street, which was lucky, because the cars were driving down the right side. Chalk marks? Orange cones? Something? This is the second race where I've been running with cars, and I'm not a fan.

Zero Hero, "Twilight"

My fitness tracker might not be a huge judge of mileage, but when I punched my watch at the finish line, it actually said that I'd gone 3.2 miles instead of just 3.1. What really surprised me was my time! This past week I copied a swimmer's method and did "taper time" where I wasn't running at full pace after Monday. I didn't even go for a run after Tuesday! But the taper time was so helpful, because I PRed at 34:31. I'm not sure I've ever gone under 35 minutes before - my pace ended up being 10:48/mi! If I'm doing an 11-minute mile I'm thrilled; this was unbelievable!

Yasuharu Takanashi, "Junkyousha"

It helped that I actually had a cheering crew waiting for me at the finish line. I told my parents to expect me at the finish line about 35 minutes after the race began. Luckily, they got out there a little earlier and were joined by my neighbors across the street, who I had talked to the night before about doing the race. There were lots of supportive people along the route, but it was cool to see people I knew genuinely cheering for me.

John Williams, "Scherzo for X-Wings"

I did so well that I was very curious about my results compared to others in my age group (ages 31-35). I inched my way over to the announcements, and sure enough, I placed second in my age group! Unlike a year ago, when I was third out of three runners in my age group, I did spot a few ladies that were in their thirties this time. It might have only been five, but I still beat someone! (Unfortunately they didn't have the awards there, and they'll be mailed when they do arrive. I'm wondering if I will get a medal or not.)

Dwayne Johnson, "You're Welcome"

The race was nice, and it was fun to do it in my hometown. The city has been full of people all weekend who are wandering the streets on their way uptown, and it makes for a buzzy atmosphere. I love that!

Olympic Channel Video of the Week

The channel has a great series called "Training Under Fire" where it profiles athletes who compete in the Olympics even as their country erupts around them in war. One particular video was timed perfectly, and you'll know why in a few paragraphs. Here is the video:

Tokyo 2020 Prep

CoSport sent out an email to its contact list encouraging us to create an account as soon as possible because tickets for the Tokyo games were going to be in high demand. That led me to a Twitter conversation with Ken Hanscom, who also posted CoSport's memo on the social media platform. My question was concerning the CoSport packages and purchasing individual tickets. Here was his reply:

While Rio and PyeongChang did offer individual tickets on their websites, their tickets also were widely available even during the Games. Ugh. This process is so stressful!

Mini Blurbs
  • This week's Blurb Watch:
    • Swimming
    • Yeah, not much this week. There would have been more if the States had been able to air the European Championships. That would have been nice. 
  • However, the Olympic Channel did air the Pan Pacs Swimming Championships live, even though the finals started at 5:30 in the morning! 
  • It is interesting to see which countries come out for the Pan Pacs. The main three are Japan, Australia, and the United States. The championships also cover the Asian countries as well as South and North America. 
  • Caleb Dressel and Simone Manuel got some good competition from Australian rivals Cate Campbell and Kyle Chalmers, who beat them in the 100 freestyle. The Pan Pacs is a great tuneup event for things like the World Championships and Olympics, so this will be a good learning experience for both of them. 
  • I got to watch the mixed medley relay, won by Australia, the first night of competition. Both Australia and Japan chose to have their male swimmers do the first two legs - the backstroke and the butterfly - while the USA alternated between female and male swimmers. Now before you say that countries will only do this pattern from now on because those teams ended up going 1-2, remember that Team USA didn't send out their strongest swimmers in all four disciplines because of the medley relay taking place the same night as certain events. 
  • The best part of the Pan Pacs coverage on the Olympic Network is that the English-speaking announcer uses European pronunciations for American names, even though over time those names have been Americanized. Chase Kalisz ("Kay-lish" according to American announcers) became "Keh-leez" and Zane Grothe ("Groh-thee") became "Groe-te." And he didn't adjust over the days, so now I have no idea how to pronounce these names. Oh, and the same announcer thought that the 400m men's race was ended after 300 meters, but tried to hide his mistake instead of owning it. 
  • On Friday night I finally got the chance to see the ESPN Films documentary Rowdy, which profiled swimmer Rowdy Gaines. I'll be honest: I didn't know much about Rowdy other than his work in the NBC booth, but his swimming career was incredible. If you get the SEC Network, you should catch this doc. It was put together beautifully, too!
  • Last week Olympic Fever introduced its new book club book, which I mentioned last week is called Running For My Life by Lopez Lomong. On Wednesday, I spent the morning on the beach in Lake Michigan and thought I would get started on the book. Well, 36 hours later, I was finished! The book is incredibly interesting and I ate it up. I just wanted to keep reading about Lomong's life! Even if you don't listen to the Olympic Fever podcast, I still recommend you get this book and read it. (This is why I posted the video above about the Sudanese runner - Lomong is doing a lot of work to help those in South Sudan.)

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

What Beijing 2008 Meant to Me

Before 2008, I was simply a casual Olympic fan. I took notice that they were happening, watched a little bit of the Opening Ceremonies, and watched a couple of things here and there.

But in August of 2008 - ten years ago this month - several things came together that transformed me from a casual fan to a rabid fan.

The first was the fact that I myself was going to be traveling to China later that month to be a teacher in the middle of the country. Before heading there, I would have one day in Beijing itself. I knew that NBC enjoyed telling stories about the host country's life and culture, and would be very interested to hear more about China.

The second happened right here:

Like I mentioned before - I have seen Opening Ceremonies in the past, so I knew there was a cultural aspect, and then the parade of nations, and then the lighting of the cauldron. But as soon as those 2,008 drummers started yelling, I knew that this Opening Ceremony was going to be something to remember.

To this day, I don't believe that Opening Ceremony has been topped by the ones that followed. To their credit, the organizers of Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 knew they couldn't top it. The massive amount of people who all had to work as one cohesive unit in the Beijing production was seemingly insurmountable.

During the Olympics I was attending Chinese-teaching-prep seminars in Minnesota. These classes didn't really require a whole lot of homework, so my evenings were spent watching all the NBC primetime coverage (back when it was really the only way to watch some stuff). I got to watch men's and women's beach volleyball, men's volleyball, water polo, gymnastics, track and field, and all the swimming finals - remember, NBC requested that the swimming finals occur in the mornings so they could air live in the States.

I watched all of Michael Phelps' gold medal wins. To be honest, I almost turned off the TV in disgust during the men's 4x100m because the French were so far ahead at one point. But I didn't - and I was rewarded with Jason Lezak's astounding comeback and win.

There are so many storylines that I will never forget: Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin's clash in the women's all-around, Misty May and Kerri Walsh crushing the competition on the beach, Jonathan Horton leading the US men to an astounding bronze medal in the team gymnastics competition, two sweeps on the men's track in the 400m and 400m hurdles, and Dawn Harper's triumph in the 100m hurdles after no one on the NBC coverage gave her any airtime.

Honestly, Harper's gold medal was my favorite aside from the Phelps medals. All the coverage was given to her Team USA teammate Lolo Jones. Like, all of it. Harper was mentioned in passing as the athletes were announced, but that was it. And then Jones stumbled in the last two hurdles and Harper crossed the finish line first. And still NBC wouldn't acknowledge her, talking about Jones' heartbreaking stumble instead. It was like they were scrambling for information about Harper because they didn't bother to do any research beforehand! (I'm watching the DVD recap from 2008 that I own, and even in that recap they gave several highlights to Jones' failure and three seconds to Harper. Ridiculous.)

If you show me uniforms and medal ceremony attire for the United States, I can always tell you which ones were from 2008. The track and field team wore one of my favorite blue kits. The swimmers had stars and stripes on the famous "suits" that created so many world records. The medal ceremony attire was white with a blue V on the top. Liukin wore a pink leotard and Johnson wore red.

2008 was the first Olympics where I was recognizing names and still remembering them in the following years: Phelps. Coughlin. Lezak. Bolt. May. Walsh. Dalhauser. Harper. Richards. Felix. Williams. Liukin. Johnson. Cavic. Cseh. Horton. Adlington. Bernard. Torres. Wariner. Merritt. Bekele. And more!

After these Olympics, I stuck with these athletes. I became aware of World Championships (though it was still hard to find a place to watch them). I found track and field coverage here and there. When London 2012 rolled around, I rooted hard for those athletes that I knew from four years earlier and actively searched my DVR to make sure I watched more than the Big Three of gymnastics, swimming, and athletics.

As a matter of fact, thanks to that DVR and live-streaming that started with Sochi 2014, I found it all too easy to get sucked into the Olympics. But it wouldn't have happened without the spark of Beijing 2008.

Some visa issues postponed my arrival in Beijing until September, but it didn't postpone my Olympic enthusiasm - nor the enthusiasm of my students. One of the questions I got the most often from my Chinese students was "Do you know Michael Phelps?"

I wish, students. I wish.

Eventually as I left China after my work was done, I caught sight of the Bird's Nest and Water Cube from the taxi that was taking me to the airport. Nowadays I would have demanded a day trip to those sites. But at the time I simply marveled at the size and scope of those two venues, and giggle at the thought that I was seeing those buildings in person when I spent so much time watching them in August.

I am certainly not a "casual" Olympic fan anymore, and Beijing 2008 was the catalyst for my fandom. If it had to be any Olympics, I'm glad it was this one.

Tokyo 2020 Prep

Recently Japan has been hit with quite a heat wave, and it coincides with the same time of year when the Olympics are being held. I've learned many ways to beat the heat, but it's a lot easier to do so when there is free water and I have a refillable water bottle. How will it work when I'm in a different country?

Hopefully the Japanese organizers will make sure that something as important as water is available in the venues with little or no cost. I'd rather not resort to vending machines and strange carbonated products to try to quench my thirst!

Olympic Channel Video of the Week

Ever heard of Anthony Nesty? He swam for the Republic of Suriname and shocked the world in 1988!

Mini Blurbs

  • Unlike last week, there wasn't a whole lot going on in the Olympic world, event-wise. The swimming European Championships were taking place, but we can't watch them over in the US. I caught some fencing and archery, but not much else!
  • The Fencing World Championships were last week and I watched a few matches. Fencing is a curious sport. It's basically an explosion that the audience doesn't really follow until one of the athletes screams and stops fencing. The commentators on the World Championship feed even mentioned that coaches have to train fencers to not go berzerk. 
  • If you're looking for even more swimming between the National Championships and the Pan Pacs (which start Thursday!), watch the Deck Pass show that they had. They interview swimmers and talk about the National Championships each morning and evening of the competition. I found it to be a lot of fun! Plus one of the hosts is a childhood idol of mine, Amy Van Dyken!
  • In non-comptition news, Visa extended its sponsorship with the Olympics through 2032. Still waiting on Coca-Cola. Can you imagine if Coke didn't sponsor the Olympics and Pepsi swooped in? That would boggle my mind. 
  • There have been a lot of anniversaries happening the past few weeks, because a great many Olympics took place in late July and early August. That's only going to continue with the 50th anniversary of the Mexico 1968 games come October! (Yes, there was a Summer Olympics in October!) Follow Olympic Twitter to hear more (or follow me and I'll retweet them out!). 
  • If you didn't catch it during the week, the podcast episode of Olympic Fever that I was in came out on Thursday. We also picked our next book in the Olympic Fever Book Club: Running For My Life by Lopez Lomong. I'm going to start reading the book this week! 

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