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.