Saturday, August 09, 2008
The Olympic Games are the one time when it feels like sports and pop culture collide and sports are brought into the homes of more people than usual. I don't watch every sport, but I do watch some of the events.
Last night I watched a part of the opening ceremony and it was really good. I am also impressed with the new structures that the Chinese built in order to accommodate the events. While China is a controversial location for the games, it is also makes sense as a location because it is a large country and bringing peoples of other nations to that area helps build world-wide good will.
For those of you more interested in national competition than good will, you can head here to see the medal count break down.
Both the Birds Nest - National Arena and the Water Cube - the aquatic center, are not only functional locations for events, but are also amazing works of art and technology. I don't know what will become of them once the Olympics are over, but for now I think they are a spotlight of the world.
The official site for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China is here. I recommend checking it out for all kinds of information and updates on the games, as well as more great photos like the ones here. Keep in mind that this is updated based on live events, and you might not have yet seen the events if you are watching them here in the US on regular TV, so there could be spoilers.