Do you love the summer Olympics as much as I do? Gymnastics, track and field, swimming. Weeks of free entertainment.
If you do, here's a little tip: don't travel to a foreign, non-English speaking country during the Olympics.
It has been an annoying go at it. First off, it's all in Portuguese. It just not as pleasurable trying to translate while I watch. Not ideal, but I can live with it.
Here's my main beef: instead of showing the interesting, universally popular events, events that I, and everyone else, likes, the majority of what we're getting here is:
- soccer (big surprise, I know)
- handball (? I didn't know this was a real sport)
- women's wrestling (Ewwwww, ewwwww, and ewwwww)
- ping pong
- beach volleyball
- the 50M men's freestyle OVER and OVER and OVER and OVER (Brazil's only gold medal thus far)
Ok. So I am exaggerating a little, but not much.
And, lastly, they've got this bizarre Portuguese-speaking-bucked-teethed-Chinaman-puppet-thing that E*PN Brazil uses to cover the games. As a PC-minded American it is just about the most politically-incorrect thing I've seen in a long time. He speaks Portuguese with a weird Chinese accent, and every time he gets around Chinese people he just says "Ni hou, ni hou, ni hou, ni hou" over and over again while the poor Chinese give an obviously uncomfortable courtesy smile because they know they are being filmed.
***disclaimer: I, of course, realize that Brazilians, who are very proud of their country and huge sports enthusiasts, are interested in watching their fellow citizens compete EVEN if it means watching women's wrestling. I know that in US we do the same thing. This is just a post about an American watching the Olympics in Brazil. :)