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Column: Olympics making splash

Saturday, August 4, 2012

There's been a vocal bunch, mainly on social media websites, that haven't been happy when NBC's choice to tape-delay its Olympic coverage. Places like Twitter have harpooned NBC for showing the day's top events in a prime-time package recorded earlier in the day.

This hasn't affected my enjoyment of watching this year's Olympics, and it hasn't bothered NBC's ratings either. Numbers have been higher than expected this year, despite the outcry of complaints.

What's NBC really supposed to do? It shows everything live online, and essentially just shows everything on TV six hours later, which is the time difference. People are able to watch at night, so put it on at night. Simple. Sorry, outspoken tweeters.

Due to my schedule, I have to record the coverage anyway so the delay isn't an issue. Plus, that way, I can fast forward through everything I don't need to see and on to my events.

Swimming has pulled me in, just as it did four years ago. Every race comes down to hundredths of a second and multiple world records continue to be set each day. Watching it makes me want to go to the Y and start doing laps. Get me one of those swimmer's bodies.

While Michael Phelps isn't winning gold in every single event this time around, there's no reason to say he's overhyped or anything of the sort. Now with 21 medals in his career, including 17 golds, this is the ultimate Olympic living legend. He earned all the accolades and the national attention, and is still competing at the highest level.

Sure, there's been a couple un-Phelps-type moments at this year's Games (getting out-touched in the 200 fly and not medaling in the 400 IM), but Phelps is still impressing in his third Olympics at the age of 27. He's adamant the London Games will be his last competitive meet, which marks the end of an era. One that won't be matched....probably ever.

Team USA basketball, both the men's and women's teams, are blowing out every opponent they face. The men's team just set five Olympic records in its 156-73 win over Nigeria. An 83-point win while hitting 29 3-pointers? Maybe this year's team could give the original Dream Team a run for their money..... If Carmelo Anthony scores 37 points in 14 minutes again then, yeah, they could beat the '92 team.

Track and field began on Friday with the first medal being awarded to the women's 10,000 meters. "Athletics," as it's called in the Olympics, will be a major draw for fans and viewers. Dozens of events involve intriguing storylines and the USA should be major contenders all over the track.

China and the United States have been battling in the medal count since the Games began. At most recent check (after Friday's competitions), USA has finally pulled into the lead with 21 gold medals (to China's 20) and leads in overall medals with 43. China currently has 42. This will be an interesting two-country race as the Games continue. Korea is a distant third with nine golds and 16 overall medals.

As expected, the Olympics have not disappointed, even with a tape-delayed broadcast. Here's to another great week of competition.

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Zach Jevne
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Zach joined the Daily Reporter staff as sports editor in March 2011. He is originally from Decorah, Iowa. He played baseball at University of Northern Iowa and studied multimedia journalism at Simpson College.