Being a Chinese American, the Beijing Olympics is especially riveting this year. For those of you who watched the opening ceremony last night, you know what I mean. The performances, choreography, mechanics, lights, fireworks, and especially the manpower was stunning. Each scene involved 2008 individual performers and there were no repeats between scenes. Zhang Yimou, the director of the opening ceremony truly has the skills to create such an amazing show. He also produced Hero, House of the Flying Daggers, and Not One Less. (Not One Less is dear to me because it was my club’s educational video about the lack of education in rural China). The whole ceremony made me proud.
Tonight I managed to catch women’s beach volleyball (US vs Japan; US won), mens swimming, women’s swimming, some gymnastics, a men’s indoor volleyball (US vs Venezuela). Dana Torres (swimming) got a silver medal and will try for gold in another event. Michael Phelps (swimming) got his first gold this year. Can you believe that he is 23?? That means he won all his medals (6 golds + more) by the 2004 olympics when he was 19! Amazing. The men’s volleyball game was intense! Team USA won the first two sets then Venezuela won the next two with each point being gained alternately. Very, very intense final set. The US team won.
I hope to have the time to watch some more games.
GO USA! GO CHINA!
Meiguo jiayou! Zhongguo jiayou!