We watched most of it over the span of the past week. I purposely tried to stay off the internet so I could watch and be surprised at the results. And I did a pretty good job at it.
One thing that I did notice, and it took a conversation with a friend to really point it out (Thanks RJ), is the difference between week 1 and week 2 of the Olympics.
Swimming, Gymnastics, and Track for the most part are defined as individual sports. But swimming and gymnastics are so much more team oriented and track is definitely not about that.
In the number of interviews with Phelps and Lochte and Soni and Franklin after they swam, the comments were mostly about wanting to get the rest of the team fired up for the next race or relay event. Not much chest pumping or “look at me moments”. A small interview with Andrea Kramer and then cool down and move on to support the team.
Track on the other hand, wow! Win the race, point at your self, grab your country flag, then run around the track so everyone can focus solely on you.
Just a weird difference between the two. And sometime a little hard to watch from this perspective.