Olympic 2016 in Rio de Janeiro has just ended few days ago, and I must say that the lil one and I enjoyed the event so much, especially because it was broadcast live on TV for 24 hours from the opening ceremony all the way to the closing ceremony.
This would be the first time for the boy to understand about Olympic (4 and 8 years ago he was too little to understand), the games, the competition, but also the fun side of the once in a four years event. I was also glad that he chose to concentrate on watching the daily events than playing Pokemon Go, hahaha…………….
He could sit still in front of the TV for more then 4 hours while watching the opening ceremony and was amazed to see the parade of hundreds countries who joined the big games. It was also the first time that knew some countries that the names he never heard before. So he was very happy because it was a new knowledge for him. There were also Independent Athletes and Refugee Team joining other countries which got loud cheers from the audience which made him curious why they were there and what were the differences between the two of them, so I had to explain to him. We also had fun seeing all the wonderful costumes and singing and dancing and finally to see the torch relay and the cauldron being lit (this was what he was waiting to see for hours).
The lil boy and I enjoyed it so much……………but where was the daddy??? Well, too bad he didn’t show any interest at all and chose to play Pokemon Go instead, hahaha……………..so even though the boy had said to him: “You have to watch this. It’s only once every four years. If you miss this one, you have to wait for another four years……………….” he still didn’t care, hahaha…………..what can I say……………thankfully the boy chose to be on my side this time.
The one thing that he was so upset was that this year Olympic event was held during the school days and only two weeks before exam started……………….so he had to miss so many games during daytime and couldn’t stay after midnight to watch his favorite sports on TV.
By the way, what was his favorite sports? Well basically, he would watch everything and was very curious about all the happenings and games that he never saw or even knew before, such as weight lifting, synchronized swimming, rugby sevens, or even rhythms gymnastics. He also interested in table tennis especially when team Singapore was competing. We laughed very hard while watching rugby sevens because it was so funny, he was very curious about the equestrian team, and he even wanted to see the sailing competition which was quite boring for me.
The good things was, we only missed day one of swimming competition, and for the rest of the swimming event days, we were there to watch and especially to cheer for Joseph Schooling of team Singapore, hahaha……….it was something that we didn’t want to miss since it was going to be the first gold (and new Olympic Record) from swimming not just for Singapore, but also for Southeast Asian countries. We were able to see the legendary Michael Phelps for the last time on his Olympic games and the Refugee Athlete Team won the first medal on the Olympic Game.
He got 2 days extra holidays because of PSLE, so we didn’t miss the opportunity to watch the final day of Synchronized Swimming after midnight which we loved very much, and by the way team Russia and China were so awesome and they finally won gold and silver for both duet and team Synchronized Swimming. Too bad we missed Simone Biles in action because it was broadcast at around 3 am on weekdays.
Anyway, we really loved the experience and it was a good time for the boy to learn about sportsmanship, hard work, to never give up until the end, to learn from the failures, and most of all…………..to have fun along the way.
So………….Olympic Games…………..see you in Tokyo in 2020……………who knows we will be there to watch……………… (this was the boy’s wish and dream).
By the way, the boy still tried several times so his dad could enjoy seeing the games with him, and he even said this several times too: It’s only once every four years. If you miss this one, you have to wait for another four years……………….”but still, to no avail, hahaha…………so we finally gave up.