I love the Olympics. I can’t quite understand why I’m so obsessed with the games, but I love the Summer games more than any other. The gymnastics, the swimming, equestrian, and of course, running!
This year I’m more invested than any other year, probably because I never identified with the runners as much as I do now. I know I’m no Shalane Flanagan (girl crush alert!), but I understand how hard training is and the struggle to some degree.
Track and Field Events start Friday, August 12, bright and early at 8 a.m. But, if you don’t have a lot of time to sit and watch all the events (join the club), I would recommend you check out the following:
OK, he isn’t an event, BUT, he is one of the fastest and strongest runners I’ve ever seen in my life. And, he’s Jamaican, and who doesn’t love Jamaica? Bolt will compete in three events, but I have my heart set on watching two of them.
100m Saturday 8/13 & 200m Tuesday 8/16
In all seriousness, I know it’s not fascinating to watch people run long distances, BUT, this is the Olympics, and Shalane Flanagan and Desi Linden are going for the gold. You can get behind these two amazing women as they try to achieve Olympic stardom.
Sunday 8/14 8:30 a.m.
I would equate the Steeplechase event to the Olympic version of a Tough Mudder. There are obstacles and water jumps, and all-around excitement. I recommend watching this event to get a full feel for how incredible humans can be, and to develop a new respect for athletes.
Monday (8/15) 8 a.m.
You may remember Allyson Felix from the London games, where she captured the gold in the 200m. This year, she will run in the 400m, an event she has never competed in before.
Semi: Sunday 8/13 & Monday 8/14
Finals: 8/15 7 p.m.
4 runs, 3 jumps, 3 throws – those are the basics of the Decathalon. Much like the Steeplechase, this event is much more than just running, and American Ashton Eaton could be the first decathlete to repeat in the event since 1984.
8/17 & 8/18
Finish out the Olympics with the second Marathon event, where Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi tries to earn his place in history. Some are calling this Meb’s last competitive Marathon, so watch him while you can!
Sunday 8/21 8 a.m.
If you’re interested in watching some of the events this year, see the list of day-by-day event on Sporting News.