Beyond every high-profile event, there's badminton, table tennis — and archery. Until Sunday, I didn't think I'd ever find myself watching or being fascinated by archery, even at the Olympics.
Then I set my remote down and paused on it. Have you seen the size of the bows the archers use? They're practically as tall as the athletes holding them. They look bulky and difficult to lift and keep steady.
And yet, even with all the crazy-looking attachments, a bull's-eye isn't guaranteed. That's what makes the Games (and sports in general) great — witnessing the truly spectacular, mixed with the fun and unexpected.
But Olympic table tennis is where you could've been if you devoted yourself beyond adolescence — and yes, became about a trillion times better.
You, an Olympian. Has a nice ring to it, yeah?
Table tennis is the most awesome Olympic sport, and not just because the wildly entertaining back-and-forth rallies and speed-of-light pace make it the most fun to watch. It is most awesome because it somehow doesn't seem that far out of reach for us average folks, us non-athletic specimens who play it.
Tuesday I found myself spending 20 minutes with a sport I'd never watched before. How often can you say that? Hello, synchronized diving.
It's unlikely you could convince me to step to the edge of the platform, much less somersault and twist off one just feet from another person.
The Canadian coaches appeared ecstatic after nearly every dive during the women's 10-meter platform competition, and I don't blame them. The precision these women displayed was unreal as they spun in unison in midair, then plunged into the pool, creating only the slightest blips in the water.
I was impressed enough to wonder: To what other Olympic sports can we add a synchronized option?