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My Olympic Games obsession

For the love of the game

I don’t remember exactly when my fascination with the Olympic games started, but I do have a recollection of watching them with my grandmother. Grandma liked figure skating and it was a must-see event when she was around. I don’t think anyone else in my family is as obsessed with watching them as much as I am, which doesn’t really bother me as I binge-watch as much as I can.

Olympic games

History of the games

Most people know the Olympic games as they are today. Some might remember the time when both summer and winter games were held in the same year, every four years until the early 1990s. Most probably don’t know too much about the original games held by ancient Greeks.

Ancient Olympic games

The ancient games, date back to 776 B.C.. Their whole purpose was to celebrate Zeus, the ruler of all Greek gods. Every four years, athletes from Greek city-states flocked to Olympia, Greece to compete. An Olympic Truce, enacted between the states for the games, ensured safe passage for the athletes.Β  Needless to say, even in those days, politics were a key part of the attached to the games as the various city-states used them for personal gain. Some things never change.

Only freeborn Greek men were allowed to compete. Although, I’m surprised that they actually had enough of them, as all they did was fight in the years between. Nevertheless, the athletes competed in the nude and were all oiled up. I’m actually not quite sure how safe that was for a variety of reasons. Plus, wouldn’t they burn in the more sensitive areas?

The games lasted under the Roman rule till AD 393, when Roman emperor Theodosius IΒ put an end to the celebrations.

Modern games

The revival of the official Olympic games in 1896, marked the beginning of the games we know today. The modern games are open to athletes from all over the world, both men and women. Unlike the original games, they are split into summer and winter games, and until the early 1990s were held in the same year. Having them every two years definitely helps with the withdrawals.

The games have had their share of controversies over the years. From doping issues, boycotts and various scandals, there always seems to be something going on around the games and the International Olympic Committee. However, that doesn’t diminish the amazing performances and endurance of the athletes.

Summer vs winter games

While I enjoy watching both events, I must stay that I prefer the winter games. I’m not exactly sure why, but I love almost all the events. I definitely have my faves.

Favourite summer events

When it comes to summer games, I love everything gymnastics related. The rings, the vault and everything in between. I’m always amazed by the runners who continue to set records and push boundaries. I can’t even imagine doing hurdles without breaking my legs.

While I did track and field while in school, there was nothing that grabbed my attention enough to pursue it. I did relays and discuss, but that was the extent of my sport prowess.

Favourite winter events

I absolutely love the winter games.Β Maybe it’s because I was born during the winter, or maybe because I’ve always lived in places with lots of snow. I can stay glued to the screen and watch tirelessly as athletes fly through the air, glide on ice and push limits to the max.

It was the 2010 games in Vancouver that inspired me to try snowboarding. It’s been an amazing experience and one that I enjoy immensely. I would say that snowboarding is probably my favourite sport to watch, followed by skiing, high jump and then figure skating. I am also intrigued by luge, skeleton and bobsled, which offer a different type of thrill.

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Olympic sites

While I’ve not been able to attend any Olympic Games as of yet, I’ve been fortunate to visit couple of places associated with the games. I was in Rio before the 2016 games and had an opportunity to see them setting up the volleyball courts on the beach. This was probably the closest I’ve been to an actual venue. The other one was the Parthenon in Athens, which I’m going to count as a spot associated with the ancient games.

Have you ever been to the Olympic Games? What are your fave events?Β Let me know!


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12 thoughts on “My Olympic Games obsession

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  2. Jane Gealy

    I’ve just conducted a poll to see if my readers prefer the winter or summer Olympics, there’s been a lack of enthusiasm to say the least! I’ve always loved the Olympics and have even ridden on the Olympic Bobsleigh track in Tignes a couple of years ago! I only know one person mad enough to go down on the skeleton bob (the one where you lie face down on a ‘tea tray’). The G-force was so strong he could hardly lift his head and scuffed the skin off the end of his nose! Luckily, the skin grew back.

    1. kasiawrites Post author

      I did a poll on Instagram and winter games won just by a smidge. The bobsled sounds awesome! I am terrified of skeleton but it looks pretty fun πŸ™ˆ although that experience with G force is enough to keep me watching not participating! πŸ™‰ I’m glad to hear you love the Olympics too! Such an awesome event

    1. kasiawrites Post author

      So awesome! I am jealous! I think it doesn’t really matter what sport you see, after all it’s the olympics! I’m so happy to hear that your experience was positive.

  3. travelsidenotes

    I hear you! The TV gets switched on as soon as I am awake and then it’s eight hours of binge-watching, no matter what’s on πŸ™‚ I do prefer the summer games, though, but call me for short track and speedskating any day and I’ll watch.

    1. kasiawrites Post author

      I do prefer to watch live, but will record them and then binge when there is a huge time difference! Speedskating is unreal! Those skates! Good choices tho πŸ™‚ Glad to hear I’m not the only one.

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