Summer Olympics 2012, Fini

Some impressions of the 2012 Summer Olympics:

Closing ceremonies tend to be a mess. Organized energy devolving into entropy. Meant to express Brit freedom of spirit, or some such, the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics looked more like a fire drill in a mental hospital.

The 2008 Chinese ceremonies looked like a remake of Metropolis – the classic film portraying man as cog in a machine. The best part of the 2012 ceremonies came at the end – the sample of the 2016 spectacle to come, provided by the Brazilians, who know how to dazzle and perform – Carnival is in their veins.

The most exciting of the events we watched were the men’s and women’s 4×100 relays. A team of world class athletes works in track and field. Usain Bolt (perfect name) is a piece of work, but he walks the walk, so you’ve got to give it to him. More like Deion Sanders than Muhammad Ali though. The track and field events were mostly interesting. Allyson Felix was particularly impressive both as athlete and human being.

You have to give credit to Aly Raisman, who performed, in her gold medal routine, to a song meant to commemorate the Munich massacre. Jacques Rogge, spineless incompetent, refused to take any notice of the great tragedy of the 1972 Olympics in the opening ceremonies; an Olympics in which Rogge was a competitor. Three of the surviving murderers were released by West Germany, in another act of courage, to add to Germany’s grand historical record.

To their credit, the criticisms by Brian Williams and Bob Costas of the IOC decision to not memorialize the 40 year anniversary of the 1972 obscenity at the 2012 Olympic opening ceremonies were welcome and warranted denunciation.

You never knew when you tuned in what event would be shown. It quickly turned off the audience. Costas as usual was funny and sharp.

What the games really needed were more swimming and volleyball and diving and volleyball and synchronized swimming and synchronized diving and volleyball. Just can’t get enough of those ever fascinating sports. We really need an inclusion of Parcheesi as well. And tetherball.

The IOC panders to any interest group that lobbies for inclusion of their sport. That’s how the Olympics watered itself down and devolved into what it now is.