Olympics: Pink is Your Color

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Pink, pink. What’s wrong with pink? Sounds like you got a pink kink in your think.

– The Great American Jackalope in Boundin, a Pixar Short

This quote came to mind while watching the Olympics today. While pink is the predominant color, purple and orange also serve as highlights. I understand the organizers have planted orange, yellow, and pink flowers for the cyclists along their race. I came across this when I googled “why pink at Olympics.” I see others were curious about this when they came across my previous post.

So, I thought I should find out for myself. Besides the hot pink gymnastics arena, you will also get hits about the Queen looking pretty in pink, Pink Floyd at the opening ceremonies, and last by not least, athletes peeing in pink on account of beetroot juice, bicarbonate of soda, and caffeine.

All that aside, in my research I learned that pink is the it color because pink is vibrant, and about excitement, and getting the blood pressure up. But unlike red, in a non-offensive way.

If you look, you will see pink everywhere. It’s on the rowers’ oars and even on the water polo ball. Pink is said to promote friendship, is a sign of hope, and the color for breast cancer awareness.

It will help all athletes get in touch with their feminine side. Just what we need at the Olympics. It’s also the color of flamingos, Easter eggs, and I’m sure you can come up with a few other things…

It is perhaps, a little jarring, but nonetheless…Pink. Pink. What’s wrong with pink? It’s growing on me. It’s, uh, memorable.

I didn’t want to search too much as I did come across more results. Argh!

It’s impossible to keep up with all the Olympics. I’m not even going to try. That said, I’ve watched more TV in the past day and a half than I have for the last six months. I’m even enjoying the athletic commercials and think they’re even better than the Superbowl.

I thought it wouldn’t hurt to give my rundown, lest you missed it.

Upon watching the women’s gymnastics, I learned that the Australians are going for a 6th place overall, just like in the last Olympic games. This is what I love about the Olympics. For them, that would be their gold medal and they’re pulling as a team to get it. I enjoyed watching the Australians along with the Italians, two countries I rarely see perform.

“Was that a step or a stick?”

“Oh, definitely, a step,” announces the commentator.

On the technical side, I learned that if a step is less than shoulder width apart it’s a tenth deduction. If it’s more than shoulder width, that’s three tenths deduction.

But, what’s with this scoring anyway? Where’s the perfect 10? It’s hard to get excited when I have absolutely no inkling as to what this scoring means, except that ….

Just had to turn the news reporting Olympics results.

Where was I?….Oh yes, this scoring. All I know, is that not all apparatus is scored evenly. And, you can get more points for degrees of difficulty. I miss the perfect 10, I do. But, I understand the sport has changed since the perfect 10, so the scoring must follow.  I know this scoring isn’t new. I didn’t get it last time either. Or, maybe each apparatus is scored evenly. If someone, please tell me.

In Men’s Water Polo, the US played Montenegro. I didn’t know that many of the Americans actually play professional water polo in Europe and that most took a year off to train for the Olympics. Likewise, the Montenegran coach once played water polo for California State Long Beach.

I’m guessing many of these guys know each other pretty well, although you wouldn’t think that when you watched them. It’s quite an aggressive sport, and we only see half of it as we have no idea what shenanigans go on beneath.

On top, it’s a bit distracting watching all the chiseled bodies and their different colored caps. I’m doing my best. That, and the little white robes they wear to keep warm.  It’s especially pleasant when they all stand together and cheer. Oh, dear, I guess I’m getting distracted.

Back to the game. It was a one-goal game with two minutes remaining, score 7  (USA) to 6  (Montenegro). With 57 seconds left, the US scores. Then at the 46 second mark, it’s Montenegro with a score. The score is now 8-7 and Montenegro calls a time out with 17 seconds to go. No score. Win goes to the US.

Next water polo game is US-Hungry or is it Romania. I’m not sure. And, I’m not checking either. I can’t risk the possibility of any more spoilers.

Signing out Pacific Standard Time.

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15 thoughts on “Olympics: Pink is Your Color

  1. This is probably a typical male response: but Olympic events and sports should be decided by the old adage of whoever has the most points, runs, goals or the best time wins. Putting the winner in the hands of outside judges, who in the case of the Olympics have built in biases, seems to becoming more and more of a source for controversy. And while I’m at it, can someone explain why synchronized diving, speed walking, wind surfing and that odd gymnastic event with the ball and ribbon are considered Olympic events?

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    1. Hi there! I don’t know, but it sounds like a great topic for a post 😉 It’s true judges have been controversial. The athletes are so good, it’s hard to think there might not be bias. But it’s about the integrity of the sport and everyone is on the same page there. It’s probably why they dropped the scoring system they had. It was much too simplistic. Of course, I’m speaking of gymnastics. The other sports, I’m not as familiar with in terms of the scoring. Speed walking has got be a race, no? I think you can make up rules for anything. As always, thanks for your comments.

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  2. They changed to two scoring panels in gymnastics. The first judges the routine for the required skills, connections and difficulty. Those judges start at zero and add points accordingly. The other panel judges the execution of the routine, so those judges do actually start at 10 and deduct points for mistakes, just like before. They add the two scores together and that is the final score. Make sense? Didn’t to me either, but I found comfort in knowing that the perfect ten was still in there somewhere.

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  3. I really enjoy that you even take a moment to personalize by announcing your departure and return. Awesomeness in the way of putting yourself into your blog writing.

    As for the Olympics.. I have to admit that they don’t fascinate me as much as other things do. I haven’t really given them much thought the passed couple of years.

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    1. Thanks. Yes, this one was a very fly by the seat of my pants blog post. As you can see, the Olympics has been kind of tradition for me. I always watch, but honestly I didn’t think I would be posting about them so much. 🙂

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      1. Don’t let me deter you. I rarely watch the Olympics, but plenty of other people enjoy them.

        I do happen to enjoy the voice in your writing, though; which keeps me interested.

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  4. I enjoyed your writing immensely Ms Bumble. As for the Olympics, sailing was my passion which I’m afraid to say are the only events I watched. Lovely style. I may return.;)

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