I'm really looking forward to seeing the Olympics in Rio, no matter the sport. Of course, the blue ribbon events such as the Marathon and 100 m will get a great deal of attention, but the competitors in the minor sports try and train just has hard to win in their specialism.
This is the time to watch some of the minor sports that don't get TV coverage. From the vast range of sports in the schedule, my favourite interest has to be track and field. I'm not so sure about some of the newer activities as Olympic sports, but, let's give it a go and find out the interest.
I found a useful schedule of event. [bbc.co.uk...]
Triathalon for me ... sadly there's no snow in Rio this time of year for the "cycling" leg of the event. Not sure I want those folks swimming open waters down there (not healthy 30 years back!), but for me that is the endurance event at the games.
Bummed that underwater basket weaving is being excluded yet again as an official sport. I guess I'll just have to settle for the mindless babbling of TV announcers- looks like USA will sweep the medals again.
My biggest complaint about the TV coverage is that NBC doesn't break up the schedule- you have to have Tivo record the entire 4-hour block just to watch the 5-minute coverage of a particular sport you really wanted to see. Then you've got that entire 4-hour block hogging up disk space until deleted. The only trick I've found is to go in and manually stop recording then immediately restart recording, just to break things up into smaller chunks.
Speaking of the 100m, fast forwarding Tivo is about the only hope of having people go faster than Bolt. :)
I'm thankful for a channel that broadcasts the Olympics without adverts.
I was shocked by those accidents in the cycling. I have fallen off my bicycle on many occasions and I can confirm it hurts when landing. I was never up to the speeds those racers are going, and i'd probably go around those corners a lot slower, but that concrete ditch by the side seems dangerous.