I’m having trouble getting interested in the Olympics. I remember it being a big deal when I was a kid, and Sydney 2000 was captivating probably because it was in Australia, but this year I’m nonplussed.
Perhaps the time difference of seven hours is the problem. All the big swimming events are between 2am and 3am.
Or maybe Australia’s past success has caused my ambivalence. Juliet made a good observation this morning that everyone seemed disappointed we came second in the 200 metres freestyle relay, but the Italians were jubilant to win bronze.
Australia failed to win a gold medal at Montreal in 1976, but today we’re expected to pick up a dozen or more.