Thoughts of an Olympic TV Spectator

The thoughts of a mere spectator on the impressive coverage of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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You either love them or hate them, but whether you like it or not the four yearly Olympic Games are with us once again. It makes no difference whether you are a TV sports follower or an absolute hater of sports on TV, the Olympic Games will have an effect on your life. And if you think about it, once every four years is not really any reason to complain.

I was listening to a conversation today, between rather obvious non-sporting fans. They could not see why they had to suffer the temporary disappearance in their TV viewing lives of their favourite programmes, all because of the Olympic Games. It seemed their lives were falling apart because of this interruption to their daily lives. My advice to those people, had I been brave enough to express it, would have been get over it! A change in TV viewing has never been known to kill anyone as far as I’m aware.

I have a different complaint completely about the TV coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games. It is far too good and is playing havoc with my daily life. Living in the southern hemisphere, the time difference is not at all conducive to TV viewing. To watch many of the events I like to follow at the Games I have to stay up far too late or get up far too early in the morning. Run these two time factors together and you end up with one very tired lady. Your suggestion may be that I could watch the re-runs of the events I’ve missed. That would be fine if I didn’t have to go off to my job each day, as the repeats are shown while I’m at work and those of you in the northern hemisphere are soundly sleeping.

Seriously though, I am impressed at the coverage of the events from London this Olympic year. I’m spoiled with choice and often find myself flicking between channels to try and keep up with what is happening. If you are a sports fan as I am, you will no doubt also be enjoying the TV coverage from London as you watch your favourite individuals or teams. If you are not a sports fan, be comforted in the fact that the Games come about only every four years.

Not every one embraces this sporting event, feeling too much emphasis is placed on winning, too much hype builds transient heroes and heroines and too much money is spent that could be spent on more worthy causes. I say rubbish! How can one not admire the goal setting and determination of top class athletes, who often spend years building up for just one opportunity to represent their country at the Olympic Games. To set and achieve a goal such as this is, in my eyes, far more worthy than having nothing better to do than complain about an interruption to regular TV viewing. And dare I mention my jealousy of those still young enough to push their bodies to the limits they do to try and achieve their goals.

It is time the moaning of non-sporting fans stopped. The Olympic Games does no harm to anyone. They set positive goals that motivate young people to dream and achieve more in their lives. And, they provide some rather inspiring viewing.

All I can say is, once the 2012 London Olympic Games are over, my respect for sports people will have increased and I will spend the next four years waiting for Rio. Well done London, for providing many TV viewers throughout the world with such spectacular coverage of what are proving to be a remarkable Olympic Games.

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  1. Posted August 7, 2012 at 4:35 am

    Sports fan or not, TV viewers need to understand that the Olympic Games is an important event. The gathering of so many athletes from around the world for peaceful competition is to be celebrated and not complained about. It’s time we lead less myopic lives.

  2. Posted August 7, 2012 at 4:35 am

    thanks for the share.

  3. Posted August 7, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Well said, Val. I totally agree with everything you’ve written. We have been glued to the TV since the games began. Even my hubby has been inspired to go out and do his Bradley Wiggins impression on his bike. He has raised his speed from two miles an hour to five miles an hour. That’s quite a achievement, lol. I think GB are doing a great job with these Olympics.

  4. Posted August 7, 2012 at 10:18 am

    just finished watching the male horizontal bar, last nite watched the ladies ones, fantastic, amazing.

  5. Posted August 7, 2012 at 11:39 am

    There are always amazing things to watch indeed. We are a bit lucky here as regards to the time Val.:P

  6. Posted August 7, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    After last years London riots my faith has been restored in our young people. I feel proud to be British again.

  7. Posted August 7, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Lol Val, I have the same complaint, the 2012 Olympic Games have been playing havoc with my daily life too, and I am enjoying every minute of it :)

  8. Posted August 8, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Britain is doing well this time. I am not a sports fan usually but the Olympics in my own country has got to be good. Interesting article from you. LB

  9. Posted August 9, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Money, sponsors, anabolics…sad.
    Better meet some friends rather than watching this.

  10. Posted August 10, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Fabulous Olympics. Loving every minute. No time for writing except for a few articles on Olympic thrills. You read any of my Olympic stuff? It’s worth a look, I think!!

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