So the Winter Olympics kick off this week! The opening ceremony is actually on live right now, as I type this, in the other room.
I feel bad for these athletes, in some ways.
First of all, we just had an Olympics. So I feel that some people who normally are really into the Olympics might be a little “over it”, in a way. The excitement factor I think comes from it being a novelty, something you haven’t seen in a while. Obviously with the 2020 games being rescheduled to 2021, this ended up smushing them together with these next Games. The boys even said, “Weren’t the Olympics just on??”
Then, there’s the whole ongoing COVID issues. Seeing huge empty arenas is so sad! I’ve watched a bunch of pre-coverage, and with all the COVID precautions, I can tell that the Olympic experience just isn’t even close to what it normally is. To train your whole life for this and then have it be….that…is probably really disappointing. Such is life in a global pandemic, of course, but still. What a massive bummer. I guess they are probably just glad the Olympics are happening at all. It’s still sad to see the empty arenas and the athletes performing to no crowd.
I saw the story of some athlete on the news- I forget which sport- who tested positive for covid well over 3 weeks before he was supposed to leave for China. (Totally asymptomatic case, but + on a routine test.) He had to keep testing to get a negative test for travel, and he has kept testing positive!!! (I’m assuming they must be requiring PCR.)
So he missed his travel window to make it in time, meaning he had to withdraw from the Olympics- even though we KNOW that scientifically speaking, there’s just no way he’s contagious at this point anymore. It’s the rules, I know…but wow. I can’t IMAGINE how heartbroken he must be. To be actively ill would still be devastating, but at least that would make sense. I think this would be worse, knowing that YOU’RE FINE now/recovered but still can’t compete.
Good at life
Some figure skating competition was on already last night, even though the Opening Ceremony wasn’t until today. We had it on, and they were doing a little bio thing on the legendary Nathan Chen.
As I was listening, I had to stop what I was doing and kind of gape at the TV. Obviously, we all know he is a freak of nature in figure skating- just phenomenally good. But I didn’t realize that he is: a) only 22 b) has been attending YALE(!!!) over these past few years while simultaneously dominating every single worldwide figure skating competition out there and c) a very highly acclaimed, extremely talented pianist too?!?!
After the bio ended, the announcer said, “Well. I’m feeling kind of lazy in talent after watching that.”
HA! Exactly what I was thinking!!! 🤣🤣
The boys and I, after having a discussion about Ivy League schools and their prestige/ difficulty to get into, were like, “Huh. I guess he’s just really good at life.”
As someone who is squarely parked in the “very common/average human” world myself, I’m always fascinated by people like this.
WHAT IS IT?? How are they so good at everything they touch?! (I’m sure they have their downfalls, too. But still. It’s so interesting to me! It’s clearly not normal, which I guess is what makes it so special. I can’t help but wonder though…Is there a secret?? Was it exceptional parenting? Genetics? Discipline? God-given talent? Probably a perfect combo of all of the above, I suppose. I can see being gifted in ONE thing, but when you see people that seem to excel all across the board, you do wonder.)
Anyway! Good for him. 🙂 I hope he does great at the Olympics! He seems like a nice kid. My mediocre family and I will cheer him on from our living room. Hehe!
I am grateful for finishing up the bulk/ worst part of my volunteer job stuff last night. I’m glad to have that out of the way. It’s never totally done until the meet is over, but it’s a big weight off.