Random Thoughts on the Olympics #3 by Lian Dolan

I told you I liked that US men's gymnastics team. How cute were they last night? Hand-slapping, fist pumping, "that's what I'm talking about" mouthing bunch of boys that no one's ever heard of. That was fun. Congratulations you Band of Brothers you . I hope the US women were watching. A little joy goes a long way. Now, onto more random thoughts.. -- I know David Durante was the third alternate on the US team , but couldn't we just give him a bronze medal, too? He was sportsmanship and team spirit in the flesh. ...more

Random Thoughts on the Olympics #4 by Lian Dolan

Now, I am a little annoyed with the Chinese. The fireworks controversy? Really, who couldn't tell that was CGI, especially if you had an HD set ? To me, that controversy is really about Matt Lauer's vague announcing, not the Chinese trying to put one over on us. Even in the moment, I said to my kids, "Those are animated, not real." And the little girl singing? It's a time honored Hollywood tradition to dub in for the pretty girl. Hey, Disney did it with Zac Ephron in the original High School Musical. But those gymnasts? As my sister Monica said this ...more

My Olympic Dream

So Dara Torres isn't the only 40-something American female with high hopes for these games.   Check out my weekly blog posting to see what this hopelessly non-athletic designing woman's Olympic dreams look like. ...more

The Beijing Olympics Online: A Sports Smorgasbord

As I write this post I'm watching live Olympic tennis. American James Blake is in the deciding third set against Dominic Hrbaty of Slovakia and it's tied 3-3.  I'm not watching this match on television.  I'm watching it live online.  That's right, live streaming of Olympic events have come into their own with the Beijing Games, and the first and best stop for all your action is NBC's Olympic Website. The team that put this site together deserves a medal of their own because it has just about anything an Olympics sports fan could want. As long as you stay within NBC's restrictions that is.  ...more


    Yin and Yang or Lin not Yang?   ...more

Midnight at the confessional.

I'm going to shuffle out of this here closet and make my confession. Please don't make any sudden movements, or I might feel compelled to return to my previous state of juddering fear in the closet corner.I am an Olympics fiend. There. I've said it. I watch the Olympics with a fervor that should be reserved for things like Pampered Chef or sex toy parties. But it's true. I love the pomp and circumstance, and I love cheering for my country. I'm one of those annoying people who personalizes the talents and grit of others when they are Team Canada. ...more

Dara Torres Secret Revealed

41-year-old Olympic swimmer Dara Torres is the talk of the sports, fitness, health, and anti-aging world. This video takes viewers back to the very moment the world first learned how Torres has been defying aging for the past 8 years. This is not a commercial or an ad. It's a very revealing news story. http://growingbolder.com/media/sports/water-sports /41-and-still-smokin-181865.html RachelGrowing Bolder Media Group ...more

Random Olympic Thoughts #1 by Lian Dolan

Lian Dolan here. Satellite Sister, rabid Olympic watcher, former producer in sports biz, attended 4 Olympic Games, and owner of a fantastic new TV with HD. Look here for daily Random Olympic Thoughts and add yours.   -- London should just punt now on the 2012 Opening Ceremonies.  There is no way they can compete with Beijing. I suggest something typically British then just get on the Games. Elton John performs a special version of "Candle in the Wind", the Queen removes the Olympic torch from her pocketbook and lights the flame, then everybody has tea.   ...more

Olympic Protest Campaigns: Which is More Effective?

The Olympics open today in China to a multitude of emotions, including anger from Tibetan, Darfurian, and Burmese human rights activists about China's role in the conflicts in these countries. ...more