I gotta be honest: I didn’t really watch much of the Olympics. Cold weather sports really aren’t my bag, though my husband loves them (he grew up in snowy New England). But, the Olympics are a worldwide extravaganza every four years, so one really can’t totally ignore the event, especially when TV coverage means the preemption of some of my favorite shows. Plus, when it comes to country-against-country sports, I find my patriotism kicking into high gear. U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
When you spend your days working on a laptop for a living, you find yourself updated with Olympics news through inadvertent online osmosis. So even though there wasn’t much event-viewing in my household, there were still some key Olympics moments that caught my family’s attention, including the following:
- I just LOVED reading stories about the unfinished hotel rooms in Sochi. The journalists’ social media posts were so classic.
- Olympics commercials are always fabulous. Did you see this great Coke ad (below)? Reminds me of that awesome “I’d like to teach the world to sing” ad from the 70s.
- This ad for McNuggets was cool, too – I like the music in the background.
- As always, I’m interested in the food angle, so I’ve been wondering what kind of food the Olympics people ate. Save for the kebabs, the foods in this article don’t look too yummy to me. But this piece makes the food sound more appetizing, describing a more Mediterranean flair (citrus, grapes, tomatoes, fish).
- My husband and daughter watched some of the Nordic skiing events. My daughter was most interested in seeing Norway win, especially since her daddy told her Norway was where the movie “Frozen” takes place.
- I liked checking the medal count every day – all part of my patriotism being on red alert. Wished we’d finished higher, but still, go U.S.A.!
- My husband, who’s prone to offer up fascinating tidbits about almost anything, told me this interesting history behind the Olympics biathlon.
- I was psyched to see our women’s bobsled team got two medals! Plus, I dig Steve Holcomb, the U.S. men’s bobsled superstar.
So there you have it – my family’s 2014 Olympics experience. You don’t have to be glued to the TV to absorb some Olympics culture. U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A.! …