The day has finally arrived. Opening ceremonies for the 2012 Olympic Games in London!!! I’m so excited for all of America to behave with overwhelming ethnocentrism and talk about how much better we are than every other country. I know that sounds sarcastic, but I actually really enjoy that during the Olympics. Cheering on the USA and watching these tiny little gymnasts throw their bodies into the air and still land on their feet – it’s unreal.
I remember being very young, 6 years old, actually, during the 1996 Summer Olympics. My family used to spend a few weeks of summer in the Poconos, Pennsylvania. We’d rent a house and relax there, going to the pool, laying in the sun, and enjoying some down time. That summer, I decided that I was not Kristen Chuber…I was actually Kerri Strug, a 19-year-old American gymnast, who unfortunately, damaged her ankle during the games, yet still won a gold medal for the USA. Every morning, I’d wake up, force my grandfather to watch my “floor routine,” and skip around the living room in a leotard, before throwing myself to the ground in pain from my sprained ankle. I was a strange child.
This year, because my friends and I are mature, 22-year-old adults, we’re planning on celebrating by organizing some kind of Beer Olympics, featuring teams of two and every drinking game we can think of. The real summer Olympics.
Anyway, today Daniella and I were discussing when the Olympics were going to be held in New York City. And my answer was, “Hopefully NEVER.” And I feel that way for three main reasons.
Traffic is one of my least favorite things ON THE PLANET EARTH. Like nothing stresses me out more than sitting in my car in bumper to bumper traffic when I need to be somewhere. Especially since I’m always running late. And as New Yorkers, we sit in enough traffic as it is. Rush hour or not, driving through any of the boroughs can be a pain at any time of the day. So let’s take a city that already has millions of people, always with somewhere to go, all at the same time, already hitting traffic, and throw an international sports event, featuring athletes from over 200 nations, right in the middle of it all. There will be. So. Much. Traffic. So no.
This is a no brainer. There are always threats of terrorism in the cities hosting the Olympic Games. I think NYC has experienced their share of terrorism for at least…forever.
According to the 2011 census, 8,244,910 people currently live in New York, NY. Now add in the however-many people commute into Manhattan on a daily basis from Long Island, Westchester, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Now add visitors and tourists staying in hotels, flooding Times Square and wearing I ❤ NY t-shirts. A lot of people, right? Well that number will double, triple, quadruple if the Olympics were held in New York City. That’s a lot of crowded subways. And a lot of trash. And a lot of Olympic merchandise. And a lot of I ❤ NY t-shirts. And it’s too many people. Wayyy too may people. I JUST WON’T HAVE IT!!!
…But by all means, have them in Connecticut! That way the New Yorkers can still go and not have to deal with hassle 😉
I’m super excited to watch the Olympics, though. Especially the USA Women’s Soccer team, because of how close they came to winning the Women’s World Cup. Hope Solo…I want to be you.
Proud to be from the land of the free and the home of the brave.
GO TEAM USA!