August 9th, 2008
|12:06 pm - Womens' Sabre sweeps the Olympics|
There's something awesome about turning on the television and seeing our women sabre fencers take three medals in the Olympics, remembering when their sport wasn't even recognised by most of the world (including the USFA) and watching it develop before my eyes.
I honestly never thought I would see women's sabre on broadcast television. I was in disbelief when fencing was on my television. . . And utterly confused when I saw it was womens' sabre.
These women have brought home the first sweep of any fencing event in US history. Zagunis is the first US fencer to win back-to-back gold medals (and the first one she won in Athens was the first fencing gold in over a century). Jacobson and Ward have really impressed me today, too, particularly Ward, who came from a 6-1 deficit to win her Bronze. (They're also pretty hot, if that'll get you to check out their profiles).
I'm very proud of the women who won this event. They proved all those who said that women should not fence sabre very wrong today.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: jubilant
Current Music: "Volcano", -JB
I thought about you when I heard about the coverage of the fencing sweep salting away the first three medals before Phelps-mania ensued.
It's frustrating for me to follow the olympic coverage with the time zone differences and all the tape delayed showings. I've been on NBC's olympic website hoping to find some live coverage somewhere of events but have been disappointed for the most part.
It's because of two things:
- NBC doesn't know how to cover sports. The only two sports they cover are golf and Notre Dame football. I rest my case on that point.
- The American people, as a result, don't actually care, either. We've been subjected to what the networks think are "cool" Olympic sports (primarily swimming and gymnastics) for so long that most people can't name seven sports in the Olympics. The networks believe that we will only be interested in sports that we take a medal in consistently, rather than believing that we might want to see more than just specific sports over and over and over again. The monopoly that NBC has on the Olympics only causes to make this worse, because other stations simply don't broadcast Olympic sports, meaning that our choice is limited to only what can be aired in a 24-hour day (with breaks for paid programming and episodes of Extra and Access Hollywood).
I was pretty glad to her about the sweep too!
Indeed! It's a wonderful thing! Just, awesome. I remember hearing about some of them when I was fencing. Zagunis' name is well-recognized by me, as is Jacobson's. Ward is a new one to me, but I'm not surprised: I've been out of the game for a long while by now.