Olympic fever

Well, do you have it? Can you hardly wait for the Olympics to get going this weekend? Will you be following? Or are you having a bad feeling about this?

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Carl Vehse

    Cough, cough, cough.

  • Carl Vehse

    Cough, cough, cough.

  • Chilibean

    This is the 1st time in 30 years that I really don’t about any of the events. Just hearing this week of the doping epidemic within track and field is enough to spoil the rest of events for me.

  • Chilibean

    This is the 1st time in 30 years that I really don’t about any of the events. Just hearing this week of the doping epidemic within track and field is enough to spoil the rest of events for me.

  • http://castingoutnines.wordpress.com Robert Talbert

    We’ll be following the Olympics because our two girls (ages 2.5 and 4.5) were adopted from China and are currently taking gymnastics class. The TV coverage should give them a good dose of pictures and stories about their country of birth (along with our own stories when we were there), and watching the best gymnasts in the world compete will maybe give them some inspiration to keep working at it themselves.

  • http://castingoutnines.wordpress.com Robert Talbert

    We’ll be following the Olympics because our two girls (ages 2.5 and 4.5) were adopted from China and are currently taking gymnastics class. The TV coverage should give them a good dose of pictures and stories about their country of birth (along with our own stories when we were there), and watching the best gymnasts in the world compete will maybe give them some inspiration to keep working at it themselves.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    I wish I could care, but more and more I’m realizing that it’s a political sideshow dominated by “better living through chemistry,” and hence it’s starting to have little more appeal to me than the WWE.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    I wish I could care, but more and more I’m realizing that it’s a political sideshow dominated by “better living through chemistry,” and hence it’s starting to have little more appeal to me than the WWE.

  • http://livingliturgy.typepad.com Lewis

    Josh Harris quoted you today. Cool. Well, he quoted someone quoting you. Thought you’d like to know.
    http://www.joshharris.com/2008/08/all_work_is_sacred.php

  • http://livingliturgy.typepad.com Lewis

    Josh Harris quoted you today. Cool. Well, he quoted someone quoting you. Thought you’d like to know.
    http://www.joshharris.com/2008/08/all_work_is_sacred.php

  • http://www.HempelStudios.com Sarah in Maryland

    I can’t believe that I am saying this, but I really don’t care at all. I think it is amazing what the athlethes can do, what the human body is capable of. I think I’ll probably not tune in much. I hope that isn’t too un-patriotic.

  • http://www.HempelStudios.com Sarah in Maryland

    I can’t believe that I am saying this, but I really don’t care at all. I think it is amazing what the athlethes can do, what the human body is capable of. I think I’ll probably not tune in much. I hope that isn’t too un-patriotic.

  • Ryan

    I have found more enjoyment, as of late, out of the winter games than the summer ones. Though I echo Sarah in Maryland when I find joy in seeing the wonderful things the human body is capable of, it is indeed part of the vocation of an athlete to glorify God in physical excellence.

  • Ryan

    I have found more enjoyment, as of late, out of the winter games than the summer ones. Though I echo Sarah in Maryland when I find joy in seeing the wonderful things the human body is capable of, it is indeed part of the vocation of an athlete to glorify God in physical excellence.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    I love the Olympics! We watch the opening ceremonies and every day of coverage. I love learning about the host countries through the television coverage. The weirdest thing each time for me is imagining myself and my kids four years older at the end of each closing ceremony.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    I love the Olympics! We watch the opening ceremonies and every day of coverage. I love learning about the host countries through the television coverage. The weirdest thing each time for me is imagining myself and my kids four years older at the end of each closing ceremony.

  • Stephanie

    I’m TiVo-ing anything that even mentions gymnastics. And will probably look into what kind of online coverage there is too. I heard rumors that they might show some of the podium training even before the Olympics proper start.

  • Stephanie

    I’m TiVo-ing anything that even mentions gymnastics. And will probably look into what kind of online coverage there is too. I heard rumors that they might show some of the podium training even before the Olympics proper start.

  • Elizabeth Horst

    I’ve never watched the Olympics and don’t plan to for several reasons, some of them being… I do not have TV, I do not enjoy watching (nearly) naked people torture their bodies, and I don’t find that it is spiritually encouraging or meaningful to watch the activities. Bodily exercise profits a little, but there are more important things to do, I believe. The political drama and so on are only secondary reasons to my decision. Thank you.

  • Elizabeth Horst

    I’ve never watched the Olympics and don’t plan to for several reasons, some of them being… I do not have TV, I do not enjoy watching (nearly) naked people torture their bodies, and I don’t find that it is spiritually encouraging or meaningful to watch the activities. Bodily exercise profits a little, but there are more important things to do, I believe. The political drama and so on are only secondary reasons to my decision. Thank you.

  • mamaof2

    It’s always inspiring to see people who are really, really good at what they do. Our family will be tuning in often. The doping problem is annoying, but I am not so cynical (yet) as to believe that all world-class athletes are cheating.

  • mamaof2

    It’s always inspiring to see people who are really, really good at what they do. Our family will be tuning in often. The doping problem is annoying, but I am not so cynical (yet) as to believe that all world-class athletes are cheating.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17639370291865261582 Cindy Ramos

    The Olympics were a lot more exciting to me when I was younger. As a high school/college athlete, I had the audacity to imagine myself competing at that level. Of course, I knew that was entirely unrealistic, but I still found the Olympics inspiring. Now that I’m older than almost all of the athletes, it’s harder to think, “I’d like to try that.”

    Even though my youthful excitement is past, I’ll still watch some, and perhaps have my interest picqued by something I don’t even know about yet.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17639370291865261582 Cindy Ramos

    The Olympics were a lot more exciting to me when I was younger. As a high school/college athlete, I had the audacity to imagine myself competing at that level. Of course, I knew that was entirely unrealistic, but I still found the Olympics inspiring. Now that I’m older than almost all of the athletes, it’s harder to think, “I’d like to try that.”

    Even though my youthful excitement is past, I’ll still watch some, and perhaps have my interest picqued by something I don’t even know about yet.


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