I have a paper due tomorrow, so of course I'm doing my best to procrastinate.
I've been watching the men's high bar gymnastics final. On national German television. It was painful, to say the least. Before the start of the games, somebody has obviously decided that the main star is going to be Fabian Hambüchen, the high bar world champion. For the last month, every single gymnastics news was either about Hambüchen or at least mentioned him, however far-fetched the connection to the actual topic. I understand that they have to focus on German athletes, but this is just ridiculous. When Oksana Chusovitina won silver for Germany in vault, they didn't even show it. The woman is 33 years old, she has competed in five Olympics for three different nations, she has an amazing life story (she became a German citizen because her son, who had leukemia, was treated in Germany)--the German media ignore her almost completely. I've read and heard more about her from foreign media. Hambüchen, on the other hand, is featured extensively every fucking day.
But today was just too much. In the final, I swear they didn't even mention the names of all the other athletes. Not one sentence that didn't start or end with Hambüchen. Even during the others' performances--"Hambüchen does this flip, too", "He is a little more dynamic than Hambüchen" etc etc etc. Seriously. Dear ARD: I care for gymnastics. I want to see the world's best athletes do some spectacular stuff, and I want you to acknowledge them and honour their performance. At least for the one minute they occupy the high bar.Can you stop your fucking Hambüchen show for just half an hour? It makes me sick. guess it makes him sick, too. He looked white as a sheet these last days, he fell down twice and was lucky to make third place today. Cut it out. I can't believe I'm the only one in this country who has a genuine interest in the sport, and not just Fabian's favourite pizza recipe (vegetarian, with red peppers and broccoli).