It just struck me that throughout my life I’ve been an avid viewer of the Olympics. There were always human dramas to be seen, athletes going for a record number of gold medals, superstars like Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, and the great female gymnasts like Nadia Comaneci. I watched the highlights almost every night, especially gymnastics and track and field.
This year, I can’t get energized at all. I watch the highlights on the evening news, but the revelation that Phelps has become the most decorated Olympian of all time leaves me cold. And I never watch the evening’s recaps.
I’m wondering if it’s just me, and I’ve simply lost interest, or whether the games themselves have become tepid and, as they get more “professional”—with fancy training, paid athletes, and the like—they’ve just gotten more boring. Reader opinion is welcome.