Iâ€™m in front of the TV most all day still watching the Olympics. I take a few breaks for household chores and to go outside â€” but I don’t miss much action.
I have to say I am made crazy by what the the announcers say. Here are a few examples:
â€¢ â€œWho ever wins this race will need to have the fastest time!â€
â€¢ â€œHe did his best – Iâ€™m sure he’s disappointed.â€
For me, the worst is when a young woman, jumps off the side of a mountain, flips and twists in the air, lands without getting a head injury, and the commentator says, â€œShe bobbled the landing, thatâ€™s going to cost her!â€ What they should be saying is WOW!
Usually the Canadian announcers are so happy that a Canadian participates, they say things like, â€œShe came in 8th! Letâ€™s interview her grandmother and take a tour of her hometown!â€ But, since the â€œown the podiumâ€ campaign came out in 2010, Canadians are expecting more. They are starting to sound like the American announcers, where you are a loser if you don’t win gold. I don’t like it.
They are saying things likeâ€¦ “The door to gold was open and he just couldnâ€™t measure up. Another silver medal â€” how sad, he blew it.”
This morning a speed skater missed gold by 3/1000 of a second! The announcers said he was “unlucky” and the gold slipped away with his slow start! 3/1000 of a second! Again, the appropriate comment is WOW!
I love watching the athletes. I cheer great performances and groan when they bobble. Still, the best way for me to enjoy the Olympics is with the sound off!