Weekly Glossary: Olympics Special
It’s that time of the year again when the world holds its breath in anticipation — who will be the next Olympic opening ceremony’s superstar, what women’s volleyball teams are wearing this season, what is the weird thing attached to Olympic swimmers, and the most important question of them all — who gets disqualified for doping? Well, this year Rio De Janeiro games delivered even more juicy goss than Sochi Games in Russia in 2014. Forget about twin cubicles — there is a bigger fish to catch, may be even an entire sofa.
Rio Olympic games were mostly marked by controversy, and unfortunately, it did not do any good for the country’s image as an Olympic host, or country in general. Over the period of the preparation ahead of the Olympic games, Brazil fell from grace few times: the Zika virus scandal, president’s impeachment, environmental and crime related issues. But regardless, the game is on. Here are my top 5 favorite stories on Olympic coverage — the good, the bad, and indeed the ugly.
1. Mr. Tonga
On the top of my list is a certain gentleman who got the worlds attention very early in the games — Mr. Tonga — the man — the myth who sent social media into meltdown. Like a Greek deity he strutted down the Olympic lane proudly holding a flag of his chosen land, shimmering under the light of LEDs and photographers’ flashes. It still remains a mystery whether he greased himself to this extent intentionally or was it an unfortunate accident. We may never know.
2. Kayak Sofa
My personal favorite — kayak sofa. God bless internet and move on, Angelina Jolie’s right leg! Twitter is notorious for breathing life into inanimate objects. Kayak Sofa twitter account was a result of an unfortunate alleged encounter with an underwater sofa which surfaced during Olympic kayak practice run. Well, the seaweed is always greener in somebody else's lake. Here’s some reporting gold:
3. The Emerald Green Swimming Pool
Caption this! Probably one of the biggest controversies of the entire games. It will echo for longer than unopened Olympic ring during Russia’s Olympic opening ceremony, merely because it was blamed on…sorry what was it blamed on again? Kayak Sofa may or may not has taken a dip. Well it’s not important. The important thing is, after the extensive draining, the pool is back to its usual blue colour. For the foreseeable future.
4. Cupping Is The New Black
Have you heard of cupping? During last summer’s Olympics in London in 2012 it was blue plaster, this year it’s black and blue bruising. Cupping is an ancient Chinese treatment believed to improve blood circulation effectively leaving circular bruises on the skin. Some ‘experts’ wrote it off as a fad, some Russian journalists jokingly suggested it should be investigated as doping. Michael Phelps suggested he’s having a fantastic day after winning gold and becoming the most ‘decorated’ swimming athlete in the wold. So much for a thousand year old fad.
Last but not the least:
5.Women’s Volleyball Fashion Reporting
In 2012 Summer’s Olympic games in London women’s volleyball tournament was the most sold out sports event, apart from the opening and closing ceremonies. Presumably, for two reasons — lots of energy and little clothing. This year in Rio it was in the centre of attention for the sufficient coverage of Egyptian Women’s team competing for Olympic gold wearing Hijab. News indeed but in a wrong news section.
These were spectacular Olympics, definitely not dull and somehow quirky. Despite all the negativity imposed on Rio, the city won everyone over with its spirit and frivolity! Yes there was a certain hostility coming from the audience in regards to certain athletes, but we’ve survived this. We’ve also survived kangaroo box off, green swimming pools, cupping, Lily King’s wiggling finger, vandalism and Ryan Lochte, and I congratulate you with that! Until the next time! Tchau Rio!