Any of you folks in the UK going to any of the events or anything? I have always wanted to see the Olympics.
I went the other day, it was a really great experience. Went and watched the Trampoline. I went in knowing it wouldn't be as spectacular as the other gymnastics events, but I was glad to be a part of the experience. Getting tickets was such a fucking pain that I was just on a high getting one, in fact, if I didn't get that ticket I doubt I would have got another chance to go to the Olympics, particularly for such a technical event. I've checked the website regularly and its just tickets for Football, Hockey or Basketball (no offence to those sports, but I really wanted to go to a sport which I wouldn't be able to view without the Olympics being here).
Watching it was pretty different to wrestling though, I mean it was dead silent through the whole arena when they were competing, just for the competitors to focus on their routines. Aside from the applause at the end, it was fairly quiet, but it was justified for what they were doing. It might have been different though if there was a British competitor performing and someone for the crowd to route for and really get into it, plus I only had one ticket by myself so that might have taken me out a bit. That's my only complaint though, I didn't feel the atmosphere was quite there in comparison to most of the other events this Olympics, which has been quite deafening from what I've seen.
Watching and reflecting on it, I was impressed with the amount of work and dedication the athletes put in. For example, with the Trampoline, they have three routines, two before the final, and one routine in the final where they get to show off what they could do. Four years of work could go any time if they faulter, the margin of error is so small; you have to respect them for putting in their life's work and sticking with it for an event every four years. However, its not just that, the fact that they are jumping the height of two double deckers stacked on top of each other, landing in a two by one metre box and doing all these crazy flips in such a rigid straight posture, its pretty ridiculous. I had to respect them, even just jumping up and landing in the box is hard enough.
If you have the chance to go I would recommend it. I think if I go again (thinking of going to Rio in four years to be honest), if I had more variety with events I could watch, I would have gone for something which would have been a crowd pleaser as well as being exciting to watch (but I think most Olympic sports have an adrenaline if you really get into it, unless its horse riding T_T). Glad I watched it though, it will be a long time if it ever comes back to England and I can now say that I went to an olympics event, saw all the different medals and was entertained whilst watching it.