We're all already to geek out on the Olympics here. We love seeing all the different countries, and getting a taste of the competition--from the popular sports like running and swimming, to the weird and obscure ones. Synchronized swimming, anyone? How about Ping-pong?
One thing we do as a family is use the Games as a fun time to emphasize geography. We have a globe and a world map out, and during the the Opening Ceremonies tonight, the kids are going to race to find each country first on the maps.
We also pick our favorite nations to root for (besides the USA of course.) And we're planning on making ethnic food from our favorites the next two weeks. Should be fun!
Here's our picks:
Cathy - Ireland (not a whole lot of medals probably, but I gotta go with ethnic pride. Where's my Erin Go Braugh T-shirt?)
Mark- Jamaica (he still has fond memories of the Jamaican bobsled team.) He's also inclined to root for all the little countries. Mark's an underdog kind of guy.
Annie: China. As far as I can tell, it's purely a pragmatic choice. She figures China will get a lot of medals
Nate: Turkey and Great Britain. Nate, we've learned, has imperialist sympathies. He's been playing "Age of Empire" on the computer, and he likes the nations who developed massive empires over the centuries. Hence, the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) and "The-Sun-Never-Sets-on-the-British-Empire" Brits. He also just told me he likes India too. He likes their elephant-riding.
Brennan : Portugal, and Japan. Brennan has also done a bit of Age of Empire and likes the 16th century Portuguese pluck in exploration. He likes the Japanese because of their samuria and ninja traditions. (he also just told me it's also because of their beauty, and because of how the Tokugawa dynasty unified Japan. His words, not mine. My little historian!
So, how do other families celebrate/watch the Olympics?