Andy R [A new guest blogger – entries from others are welcome as I go into 6 weeks of hibernation]
With the Olympics (finally) just around the corner I thought it might be interesting (and perhaps a welcome break) to hear what everybody is looking forward to in the upcoming games. I’m more of a winter games guy myself having become quite a fan of sitting back with a few beers and trying to figure out the rules of curling by observation (using Wikipedia would take all the fun out of it). That being said, I would have to say that watching Michael Phelps try to tie/break Mark Spitz’s record, and the “Redeem team” try to win back American bragging rights in hoops are top draws on my list for Beijing. The (potential) showdown between Liu Xiang and Dayron Robles (Cuba) will probably be classic as well. Unfortunately, I don’t have access to NBC over here, but it would be extremely interesting to watch CCTV and NBC coverage side by side. I guess I’ll have to wait for the inevitable flood of academic papers on the subject. How about everybody else? What are you most excited to see in August, sports-related or otherwise?
Note: This being my first post, I’d like to introduce myself. Out of love for the Duck, I’ve offered to help out Richard during his upcoming hiatus. I’m originally from Ohio and currently live in Hangzhou with my wife where I represent an US-based company. I graduated in 2007 with an MA in East Asian Studies from Duke University (and I’m well aware of all the controversy my alma mater seems to stir up-Lacrosse scandal, Grace Wang, and the general hatred of Duke basketball, so if you have to, please get it out of your system as quickly as possible). Anyway, along with all the other great contributors here, I’ll try my best to keep things interesting for you folks while Richard is MIA.
Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.