Saturday, August 16, 2008

olympic goodies

Have you ever found yourself on the edge of your seat while archers fire their arrows at the far away bull's eye? Or felt the excitement of a judo wrestler flipping her opponent over her shoulder? Ever seen the crazy intensity of a Chinese ping pong-ist? Or enjoyed the beauty of a birdie smashed down onto a badminton court? Perhaps you've missed the barbarian madness of the Russian handball team? Ever dreamed of watching hours of greco-roman wrestling? I bet you have. Or how about watching the frightening faces of hefty women as they throw themselves under massive amounts of weights. That's right... the beauty of weight lifting. Thailand won a gold in weight lifting; made me especially proud. Or our new personal favorite... each time the competitor jumps sky high my stomach sinks! Then he flips and flies like backyard children only dream of! The excitement of the bouncy trampoline! Yes, my friends, these are the Olympic events that have filled our television screen this last week. Sure, the swimming and gymnastics are on, occasionally, and if we are really lucky we'll even catch it in English. But, the networks serve a different audience over here. Channel after channel, we're getting our fill of Olympic events we have never even heard of! We have found a new love for the Olympic little guys, and we're cheering them on, even the folks running the odd and funky Steeple Chase. Bet you never watched that before. Come to the Middle East, you can find all the Olympic goodies here.

8 comments:

kristy said...

lucky! i've been looking for the trampoline this whole time!

jessica maneewan tou said...

thailand got a bronze for boxing too i think!! =)
dont you love tv overseas? they give you everything instead of the select snippets on american tv...
love you!!

Wichit Maneevone said...

Wow! you see something that we never see in US tv. Love, dad

Miriam Maneevone said...

Yes, you do get a fresh appreciation and viewpoint of the events. I have been looking for the ribbon and ball that is so beautiful and graceful. Do you get that? I haven't seen it yet. We sure are missing a lot of sleep watching late into the night. I think your viewing doesn't induce sleep deprivation. Love you and miss you. Mom

Stuarts said...

Ooooh fun...Who needs all the glory of Phelp's 8 golds when you can see a ping pong bounce back and forth at lightening speeds. Yet another reason why what you're doing is so super cool. Oh, and SD plans are still in the works. Today I am cleaning out closets and putting up massive amounts of clothes for sale on Craig's List in an effort to raise money for a ticket! Good times!!!

Melissa said...

I did have the pleasure of watchign the trampoline, it made me want to sneak in someone's back yard and try that back flip I was always afraid to do...However, what the heck is steeple chase????

JILLIAN said...

Hi Wanida! This is Jillian Rogers from college days. I saw your blog off of Kelli Stuart's blog. I have enjoyed seeing a peek at your life. You look so amazingly happy and alive! I hope that God is doing great and mighty things in your life. I am now the proud single mom of a precious 3 1/2 year old son who I love more than life. (husband left a long while back, long story) We are so blessed and thankful everyday to be in God's presence and living for His glory. It is so fun to get to "see" you and I will remember you in prayer. Best Wishes to you and yours :) - Jillian

Tatum said...

Hilarious! I spoke to my grandpa today and he was really upset that NBC didn't show any footage of table tennis. Well I guess I will tell him to go to the Middle East in 2012 :) loves