While the rest of the U.S. has their eyes on Michael Phelps, I’ve been more interested in following a much less heralded star: Park Sung Hyun of South Korea. She is the silent assassin of the Olympics, coolly dispatching her opponents with a flurry of accurate arrows. Pressure doesn’t get to her either because she has ice in her veins. Just look at her, I wouldn’t be surprised if her nickname was the Ice Queen. She is all business.
I am surprised by how entertaining archery is. Matches move quickly and are almost always tense. I particularly like the duel nature of individual archery, where competitors take turns shooting arrows.
“Take that, a 10!”
“My turn: 10! Boom!”
The announcer on the PA is also awesomely entertaining. He roars out “10!” with such gusto that I leave the archery stream running in the background with the sound on even when I’m not directly watching it at the moment.
The online streaming of NBCOlympics.com has forever changed how I view sports coverage. It is so refreshing to be able to watch sports events without annoying commentary. I am not stupid, I don’t need you to tell me what I’m seeing. The occasional interesting piece of trivia is not worth all the rest of the inane banter. Without commentators, you can even hear what the basketball players are yelling to each other on the court (USA swears a lot!).
I’ve mentioned this before already, but man, having all these live streaming sports at my fingertips is amazing. I am currently watching fencing, archery, and table tennis simultaneously. Mmm, a sports buffet. Table tennis at this high level is intense.