Saturday, August 9, 2008

Go Canada! Viva Mexico! We Miss You Ana!

I heart the Olympics. Really and truly, the opening ceremonies give me goosebumps, the constant checking of medal counts, the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, I love it. Living in Mexico I now have the pleasure of rooting for two Olympic teams and waving two flags! Back in Canada I would be glued to the TV watching the gymnastics, the diving, and the rowing, man those Canucks can row. Ben Johnson really turned me off of the running events, though the finals are always a rush no matter who is running. Now I'll be happy with whatever TV Azteca wants to show me, I won't have the luxury of having CBC to walk me through the games. CBC has THE best Olympic coverage as far as I am concerned, far better than NBC's "USA USA USA" take on the event. CBC may be Canadian, but they show ALL aspects of the Olympics, not just Canadian athletes, whereas NBC seems to forget that there are other countries at the event.

I remember four years ago being at work and waiting for Ana Guevara to run her final race. No way was anyone going to pay attention in class so we all trooped out to the lobby to watch the fastest woman in Mexico. The excitement was palpable, people were on the edge of their seats waiting for the race to begin. Go Ana, go Ana, go Ana! Silver medal, YAHOOOOOO! I was jumping up and down, freaking out like a loon when I realized no one else was cheering. They all looked dejected, disappointed and some of them even angry. I asked them all what was wrong. "She lost" they all said. "Bu-bu-but noooo, she didn't lose, she got a silver medal, that's fantastic!" "Ech, she lost, just like always for Mexico" they said. I was flabbergasted! Here I was so thrilled that Mexico got a fabulous silver medal and they were all acting like she had sat down on the starting blocks and picked her nose. "Ni modo" they said "Let's get back to class". It was a very strange moment for me, one I still don't understand to this day.

In the spirit of the Olympics, I have added an Olympics widget on my side bar. I know most of my readers (er, all?) are English speakers so I used a Canadian widget (y'all will get enough of USA! USA! USA! where you are, right?). Let me know what you think of it, hopefully it's working and we'll see some Canuck and Mexican medals in there! (Well, some Canuck ones anyway, I don't think there are any serious contenders from Mexico this year now that Ana Guevara has retired citing corruption in Mexican athletics).

I just have to share Ana's Olympic race from 2004 as broadcast by TV Azteca, the announcer is just SO excited....until she gets the silver. I must admit, I just had a little cry watching it again, but out of pride for her, not disappointment. You rock on Miss Ana!


Kathy said...

This is where I shamefully report I had NO IDEA the Olympics were on. Once the Tour (de France) is over and the World Cup, we're tuned out.

Islagringo said...

Could the disappointment have come from the fact that in Mexcio you are either rich or poor; a winner or a loser. No in betweens?

Loved the opening ceremonies and the fact that we got to see them live here. Take that USA USA USA!

Susan Lechuga said...

I was so bummed to miss the opening ceremonies...I also love to cheer for two teams of course USA and Mexico. I hope both my countries do well and heck I will throw canada in for good measure after all a good friend of mine is from there. LoL

Heather said...

I couldnt agree with you more. I was just complaining about the exact same thing because this is my first time watching the games while in US in a long time and i dont get to see anyone but the US on tv. I have watched the games in Belgium and Canada and I got to say, this is the worst coverage ever!

Fned said...

I have to admit I've never been too interested in the Olympic Games, but seeing that Ana Guevara clip did bring a tear to my eye.

I do have to admit though that this year the interest in the Games for me came more from reading up on the Chinese "way of handling things" than actually following the medal count. I still can't believe the Olympic Committee would let itself be blinded by the false promises and lies of the Chinese government... in my mind these games are tainted with images of censorship, reports of "ancestral Chinese medicine (read: doping) remedies", a little fat chinese girl forced to sing in the background in order to have a cute little thin chinese girl lipsync in the opening ceremony and thus give a "better image of China" to the world, "forgetting" to pay "The Nest" workers and them forcing them to leave the city before the beginning of the games in order hide this from the international press, (which btw, international press with freedom of speach in China? really? there is such thing?)....etc, etc.

Yeah, I know.. French media coverage of the Games is a bit extreme and certainly highly political... but then again, what else can they talk about after Laure Manaudou tanked? ;)


CancunCanuck said...

Harvestmoon- I am not a huge sports fan at all, though while living in Toronto I was an AVID NBA fan, went to a lot of Raptors games. I haven't caught too many events in the Olympics this year, the schedule just doesn't seem to jibe with mine!

IslaGringo- I think it might be an all or nothing thing, not sure. I think because Ana was World Champion they just expected her to win gold. And ok, "USA, USA, USA", just a little support for you, Michael Phelps has MADE these Olympics, it's something very special.

My3Ro's- Canada and Mexico aren't doing so great, they could use more support, LOL!

Heather- Phew, glad I am not the only one! The US media is so US focused that it's hard to remember that there are a whole lot of other countries participating.

Fned- That clip still gives me goose bumps, she is an amazing athlete and I think she is most brave in "outing" the authorities of Mexican sports as being corrupt. To be honest, I haven't followed much of the politics of the Olympics this year, it is sad that they have a taint on them when it should be a positive event about international cooperation in peace.

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