Overcoming Deployment One Day at a Time

The Sweet Olympics & Their Spoilers

on August 17, 2012

London Olympics 2012

Oh, how sweet it would’ve been to be at these olympic games, but sitting in front of the television (and computer screen) with my hubby cheering at every accomplishment and flinching at every mishap was so much sweeter.

A few months back, we were under the impression hubby may already be deployed when the Olympics started.  If you’re familiar with the military, though, you know dates change constantly.  Seriously, all the time.  We were thankful for this change, though.  His date got pushed back far enough to be able to watch all 2+ weeks of the games.

Together we saw Michael Phelps win his 19th medal, breaking yet another record.  We watched Jordan Wieber layout her emotions when (as the favorite) she didn’t qualify for the all-around in gymnastics. Hubby and I stood staring at the television screen as Misty May-Treanor and & Kerri Walsh won another gold and celebrated their last victory together as a beach volleyball team.  (Go to the official Olympic games website to see all the other amazing Olympic moments.  It’s worth it.)

I’ve always, ALWAYS enjoyed the Olympics, but this year they were so much sweeter.  I can’t even begin to express in words the joy I feel knowing I got to experience all of it with my hubby before he deploys.  I’m sure we would’ve still discussed it via Skype from thousands of miles away, but getting to see each others’ reactions at the moment something amazing happened was like nothing else.

Being able to share my grief over internet spoilers with him was also rewarding.  I’m so glad I had someone here to vent to about all the internet hype.  He made me feel much better, and even though we knew some results we continued to watch as if we didn’t.  Precious times.

Then there was this…

Hubby & I saw the USA girls’ gymnastics team win gold before it was aired.  (Way to go, NBC.)  I read tweets and status updates about who won what London time.  Unfortunately, I’m in the Central Time Zone in USA.  Another fail.

I know it’s a little late to participate in’s Weekly Writing Challenge:  Mind the Gap, but I would have to answer their question, “Has social media changed how you view the Olympics,” with a big fat “YES!”

I know for next time to steer clear of the internet (as hard as that may be) before and during the Olympic games.  There was news before I knew it was news all over my computer screen.  I do enjoy a spoiler every once in a while, but not when I’m trying to enjoy every split second of the games with my soon-to-deploy hubby.  Fortunately, though, having this time with him was not spoiled by spoilers.  Only some of the results were ruined for us.  We made the best of every moment, though, because that’s what you have to do when your time together is limited.

Thank you, Olympics, for giving my husband & I something so very special – moments we will never, ever forget.


4 responses to “The Sweet Olympics & Their Spoilers

  1. marspoet says:

    very nice post. i like it 🙂

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