I love the Olympics, and a number of years back got to watch them in Italy - what a difference! Instead of all our canned, human interest stories, Italian television kept the cameras on the track and field events for hours, going from one event to another, depending on what was happening in the moment. By the time some of the really good pole vaulters, runners and high jumpers had their turn, you could see how really amazingly good they were compared to the ones who'd gone before.
Even better, we got a feeling for what it was like inside the stadium as the competitions unfolded. It was incredibly suspenseful, to the point that we had to limit the amount of time we spent in front of the TV so we could go outside and enjoy Italy.
For those of you who want to get a real-time feel for the Olympics in China, here's a link to a live television feed. It's Friday morning, and the Opening Ceremony is happening right now. Funky, discordant Chinese music is being played on ancient instruments as I write this - a whole new sound for us westerners. Not likely we'll hear it on the NBC broadcast tonight, do you think?