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Few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the cancelled tv shows where I listed the scheduled air date for shows that are on their season finale. Crusoe only has 1 season with 13 episodes. From what I knew, there was supposed to be a Crusoe tonight and the last 3 episodes will air on 2009. However, I was surprised when I tuned in to NBC and found Beijing Olympics 2008 opening ceremony instead. So I checked with, and it appeared that they’ve changed their schedule quite a bit. So here’s the updated schedule for the last 4 episodes of Crusoe:

‘Smoke and Mirrors’ airs Saturday, 1/10 at 8pm ET
‘The Hunting Party’ airs Saturday, 1/17 at 8pm ET
‘The Traveler’ airs Saturday, 1/24 at 8pm ET
‘The Return’ airs Saturday, 1/31 at 8pm ET

Well, I guess it never hurts to re-watch the opening ceremony again. It was spectacular.

So I just finished watching the Olympic’s Closing Ceremony. Even though, I’d seen the pictures before hand, I watched it anyway. It was shorter than the Opening Ceremony but still impressing. I really like the Tower of Memory concept, and boy, aren’t those people fast from one position to another. They invited all Chinese celebrities to sing (I saw Jackie Chan and Andy Lau), and one of the song that got stuck on my head is “Wo Ai Beijing” – translation: I love Beijing. After that, a red double decker bus came to symbolize that the game is moving to London. Inside the bus: David Beckham, Leona Lewis, and Jimmy Page.

So the summer game is officialy over, and 4 years later, it’s London’s time to shine.

So we’re pretty much on the halfway; only 7 more days to go until the closing ceremony. So far US has the most total medal, but China leads the number of gold medals by far. I don’t know if US can catch China in the number of gold in the remaining games. Basketball men and women are favorite to get gold, and we still have good chances in Beach Voleyball, Volleyball, Water Polo, Baseball and Softball, oh and Women Soccer.

Kudos to US swimming team that dominates with 12 golds, and 8 of them from Phelps. Well, he won 5 solo and the rests were team efforts. Great job for the Great Haul of China, but I won’t be talking about Phelps because there are bigger fans of him out there that have blogged about him 🙂 Other swimmers did a tremendeous job too: Lochte, Piersol, Coughlin, Soni, Hoff, Crocker, and many more. Even though some of them did not get gold, I’m still proud of them.

Moving on to gymnastics, China dominates the men and US is a strong contender on women. Without Hamm brothers, US men lost almost half of its potential, but Horton and Artemev did a splendid job. So far China grabbed 4 golds (Men team, women team, men all-around, men vault, and men floor exercise), and US only got 1 from Nastia Liukin on women all-around. But they got silvers on the team, all-around and floor exercise (both from Shawn Johnson). There are 6 more medals to be awarded, we shall wait and see. I feel bad for Alicia Sacramone, she was blaming herself for the team failure. She was too hard on herself; it wasn’t entirely her fault, and the Chinese girls did less mistakes than US team.

I couldn’t help but notice that Chinese is a strong contender in many fields that involve body twirling: gymnastics, diving, trampolines, and sync. swimming. Their body are just so flexible in those fields. Maybe it’s because many little kids have been trained since very young age in gymnastics to be a divers, gymnists, or chinese acrobats.

As predicted, China dominates table tennis and badminton. They won 3 out of 5 gold on badminton; the other 2 went to Indonesia and South Korea. We really need to popularize these sports so that we can get more talented athletes on these fields. Oh, and they also won 8 out of 13 weightlifting golds awarded so far.

Moving on to other sports, William sisters failed on women singles, but won gold on women double. US sprinters lost to lightning Jamaicans, and US men sabre team lost to France. But silver and bronze medals are good to add the total number of medals.

Anyways, I notice that NBC dedicates weekend for Olympic coverage. This way, we’re able to watch other sports like badminton, equestrian, fencing, table tennis, rowing, canoe/kayak, and trampoline.

Well, technically it has started few hours ago, but since I just finished watching the ceremony, it’s officially started now for me 😛 I missed the first 1.5 hour (so I missed the ancient China part and many beautiful chinese girls dancing 😦 ). Anyway, from the portion that I saw, the ceremony was breath-takingly superb. They really take full advantage of the stadium (that’s specially designed for this event), the lightning, the customs, and the performers to make a great show.

Just a side note, from the number of fireworks used in the ceremony, it’s no wonder that the city is full of smog. I mean seriously, fireworks are bad for atmosphere and toxic to living being. And when used excessively, the danger multiples. Yes, I know they are pretty and spectacular, but they are a threat to the environment. 🙄 I’m not an environmental activist, but I am aware and have some knowledge about what is bad for our planet.

Okay, I’ll rest my case about fireworks now. So back to the topic: the Olympic Games 2008 has officially started! 🙂 Let the games begin and may the best players win! 😀

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