Monday, July 23, 2012

Quadrennial Hot Weather Competition Time!

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

Confused by the title of this article? I'm very sorry. But, I'm going to try to follow the rules regarding all of the copyrighted words which surround that big series of activities that begins this Friday and runs until August 12th. Oh, and no pictures, either, as all of the symbols associated with the event are also trademarked. We'll see how this goes...

Now, we've talked about such quadrennial activities before, like in early 2010, when the "snow varieties" were taking place. We didn't say all that much about them, but they ARE a big event and they DO only take place every four years. While I'd love to cover those "first festivities" and maybe talk some about the wacky coverage that we'll be getting in the US (particularly on the West Coast) and the strange camera angles and commentary that sometimes ruin what could have been fabulous and memorable moments, it's going to be nearly impossible to do such things. But, we do have a couple of articles planned anyway. One will look at the NBC television special, "30 Greatest Olympic Moments," which is an hour-long set of clips and background on some of the greatest hot-weather sports memories. Another will be a companion piece to the aforementioned snowy explanations - we think you deserve an explanation of what, exactly, the events are. Note, this is different from just what the different "sports" are, because the differences within are quite daunting at times. After seeing how those do, we have a few other ideas in mind, but we'll have to play it by ear... and see how tiring it'll be to come up with alternate wordings as necessary, too.
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