With the Tokyo Olympics starting I have been thinking about where I have been during past Olympics.
During the 2016 Olympics in Brazil I was not traveling and saw a lot of the events. One thing that I thought of then was being on a victory stand in Brazil. I of course did not finish first in the go-kart race, but we had some fun and pretended that I did. I thought of this picture tonight when a 13 year old girl from Brazil won a silver medal in skate boarding.
I missed watching almost the entire 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. I was with my sister on a two week cruise to Antarctica during almost the entire games. We didn’t even get to see very many highlights, but I wouldn’t have missed the views that we had on the trip to just view the Olympics. We had a great time, and I got to see my own views of snow and ice without watching TV.
For the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, I was able to watch the Opening Ceremony from my hotel room in Singapore. It was neat to actually see it live while my friends and family were all asleep back home :-). I can also say that I was in China during the Olympics, as on the flight home the next day we had a layover in Hong Kong.
Another memory of the 2008 games was flying to Singapore two weeks earlier with half of the members of the US Olympic Swim team. They were on their way to training and acclimation camp in Singapore. Meanwhile, I was in a classroom for the two weeks :-).
Moving back further to the 2006 Winter games in Turin, I can again say that I was in the host country during the Olympics. What I saw of the 2006 games was from my Hotel in Milan while I was there teaching a two week course. On the weekend, I saw many Olympic athletes and spectators who were visiting Milan for the weekend.
Here we have an athlete from Russia standing in the plaza in front of the Duomo.
I will skip back to 2000 and the Sydney Olympic, as I vividly remember watching live Track and Field events while eating breakfast at my Hotel in Welwyn Garden City just north of London. Later in my trip I watched the games from Germany before arriving home in time to watch the closing ceremonies.
This year I will again be watching the events from the comfort of my own home. Now I just need to resist the temptation of watching live events at crazy hours and disrupting my sleep schedule.