Showing posts from September, 2019

Track and Field World Championships Primer

On Friday, the IAAF World Championships will take place in Doha, Qatar. Why is it so late? With Qatar's climate, it was thought that putting the World Championships in September/October would help to avoid the hottest time of the year. (Even though the stadium was outfitted with an air cooling and circulation system to bring down the temperature for the athletes and spectators.) Tokyo, did you see this? Anyway, I want all of you to watch these awesome athletics events as they air, so I'm going to give you a primer on who to watch! These events are the ones I was able to watch a lot over this season. It doesn't cover everything (hammer throw isn't something I'm familiar with, so I'm not going to try), but it'll give you some names to recognize later! Men's 100 Meters 2017 Winner: Justin Gatlin There was some doubt a few weeks ago when Team USA's Christian Coleman did not report his whereabouts properly to USADA and was benched from the Di

Volunteering at the Olympics?

So last year, I applied to be a Volunteer at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. It was a dream of mine to be on the field as athletes did their amazing feats. Plus, it would get me into Olympic venues without  having to purchase a ticket! According to the timetable of the volunteer website, people who registered to volunteer would be contacted in the early part of 2019 and know if they would be granted an interview. I was so excited that I even had a special section of this blog to let people know of updates! But then, 2019 arrived, and we waited. And waited. And waited! We heard the name of Olympic volunteers ("Field Cast" and "City Cast"), and even caught sight of what the uniforms were going to look like, but no contact to volunteers about their applications. Finally, I got an email today from the Tokyo 2020 Volunteer Committee: Thank you for applying to the Tokyo 2020 Games volunteer programme. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to you and to th

The Unpopular Olympic Opinion

A few months ago, I posted an Olympics viewing blog that demonstrated several of the ways people watch the Olympic games. One of the choices was GIMME EVERYTHING, which means whatever is on, I would watch it. But what if EVERYTHING is too much? I mean, it is. There could be eight or nine events happening at the exact same time, and it can be overwhelming. And it seems like every year, new events are being added to make watching everything even more impossible. With the addition of new events are the addition of costs. Yes, the events bring in spectators and the eyes of millions of people all over the world, but it still costs something to put on. Each Olympic budget gets inflated, causing other cities to shy away from bidding because it's just too much. I do have an unpopular opinion when it comes to this. To me, the Olympics are a spectacular combination of sports that bring together athletes from all over the world in friendly competition. Over time, certain sports have