The Olympics has been a highly contested issue lately. Everything from advertising to the cost, from the infrastructure to the opening ceremony screw-ups has been on the tip of everybody's tongue. Until the Olympics began, it seemed like nobody had a positive thought for them, and I've heard that people aren't too impressed with us over seas either.
But now that the Olympics have begun, people's outlooks have changed a little. Now all I hear are the scores. I thought that might happen. We hum and haw, but once things get going, it's hard not to get carried away with the games. Honestly, there isn't one sport that interests me at any other time of the year – it's just not my thing – but even I get a little bit excited.
I think my favourite is figure skating, but I don't know if I really agree that it's a sport. What if they tried to make ballet an Olympic sport? It's the same idea. But I have fond memories watching the skaters in 2006 when I was in Japan. The family I was staying with was excited about the strong women on their team, and we sat up after dinner to watch the women's singles. I can still remember Shizuka Arakawa's performance clearly as if I'd just seen it. She was so tall,
and carried herself like a queen. We were breathless when she did her signature layback—it was one of those moments when time stands still. She was transcendental. Nothing mattered except her winning gold. And then she did.
I haven't been able to follow the Olympics much this year, because I have classes and work, but I get updates from everyone I see. I'm glad that the tension over the Olympics has abated a little. I get more joy from watching people get carried away with the spirit of the games, than with the criticism.