I used to be obsessed with figure skating. Ever since 1998, the Nagano Winter Olympics when I saw Tara Lipinski beat Michelle Kwan (the favourite) for the gold medal, I was enchanted. The jumping, the intricate footwork, the gracefulness, the music, the costumes. I would stare at the tv, just awestruck, and I would read and buy books about the sport to learn what I could. I even took lessons for a little while. I couldn't say exactly what it was about the sport that I loved so much, just that it fascinated me.
I didn't watch as much of the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002, because of the time difference the coverage was mostly played in the middle of the night and I didn't have a fast internet connection to watch it over. Even this year, there hasn't been much advertising etc over here about the Olympics. There is more about the Commonwealth Games, which are in Melbourne in March, which is understandable.
But I still have Winter Olympic fever.
I am downloading program guides, bookmarking sites where I can watch streaming video replays at work.
I might even get up at 5am to watch the opening ceremony on Saturday.