Readers, how do you feel about the Olympics? Have you watched a lot of the coverage, or are you only vaguely aware that they're happening?
I'm afraid I'm rather "meh" about the whole deal. I don't know when that happened, because I used to be glued to my TV, especially during the gymnastics events. As recently as 1996 (okay, maybe that's not so recent) I had Olympic Fever, what with the whole Kerri Strug - "Devil Went Down to Georgia"/Olympic bomber thing (did they ever catch the real guy?). It seems as though the egocentric USA promotes the Olympics more when they're held in our country (and sometimes Canada). I'm going to blame my blase attitude on the Interwebs. :D
Perhaps not surprisingly, though, I love the history of the Olympics! I love those beautiful old posters highlighting past Olympic games. I'm a sucker for a good "triumph over adversity" story, like with Jesse Owens or Wilma Rudolph. And I love the ephemera! I don't have much, but what I do have I like:
Like these Olympic stamps! They're cinderellas, as they've got no postal value. What's so great about them, though, is that they advertise Olympic games that never existed! You may recall that the 1940 and 1944 games were not held due to WWII; before that, however, Tokyo was supposed to host the summer Olympics that year but were ousted in 1938 because the Japanese government had basically given up their hosting responsibilities (lots going on in Japan then, what with the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War). I love that I own this tiny bit of Olympic history.
You may remember this lot of lenticulars from a previous post, which are from the province of Umm Al Qiwain in the United Arab Emirates. These "blinkies" are from both the winter and summer 1972 Olympic Games, which are also a dark part of history due to the deaths of Israeli athletes by Palestinian gunmen at the Munich summer games. It's interesting how many political dealings are wrapped up in these games, isn't it?
It'll be interesting to see how these games are viewed in the future - maybe I'll be writing a post about the London 2012 games in 2032! :)