While this might not be the popular idea (we have yet to see, for as I type this, nobody has responded yet), I don't care much about the Olympics as far as just the face value of the sports. But, that's because I don't care that much about any sport. However, I do think that it's interesting to see what nations are good at what sports. For example, it's no surprise that the nordic countries tend to excel in the winter sports. Also, when it comes to running, Africans and their decendents have the bone structure to make them excellent runners. These are the things I find interesting.
It's also intriguing to see what types of political moments arise, as in when two (or more) countries that have some sort of dispute, be it actual war, or just economic/diplomatic competition, are also the top competitors in a particular event. Then, it seems, the nations place a lot more value on that gold medal than other events.
Here's another rare opinion that few would agree with: I think that chess should be an event in the Olympics. Yes, yes, I know...it's not physical. But truthfully, I know that on many levels, it is. A chess tournament can be physically exhausting! I do admit, it's much more mentally draining, but still, I wish it was in there. The reason I wish it was in there, though, goes along with what I find interesting about the Olympics. I'd like to see what political and nationality emotions would arise if one country's grand master was pitted against another. I wish I was able to have paid attention when Fischer was facing Spasky back in the day.
As for if there was something I could do in the past that I don't do much of now, it is skateboarding. I recently busted out the board when I was in San Fransico, and found that I've lost some of the skill I had. But, I don't mind. I traded the time I used to spent skating for the time I put into my career, and I wouldn't have it any other way, as I love my job and find it more rewarding than kickflipping ever was.
As I age, I find that some past loves are replaced with new, greater ones. Skateboarding makes way for chess, chasing girls makes way for my very happy marriage, college tom-foolery makes way for a satisfying career.
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