Naturally, my family are huge sports fans. Of course, we all have our own preferences on the sports we enjoy watching, but whenever the Olympics come every four years, we pretty much drop everything and glue ourselves to the TV. Unlike some other people who refuse to watch it for (political) reasons, we just love watching sports and seeing athletes show off their mad skills to prove to us why they deserve to compete in the Olympics in the first place. Times change and traditions fade, and regardless of what people think, we still have hundreds and hundreds (thousands?) of athletes no matter what sport they play participating in this ancients old largest tournament of competitive sports in history.
Like my family and I who enjoy watching sports, the athletes compete for these reasons: to show the world who they are, to be one of the best, and for the love of sport. Just winning a medal of any color is just icing to the cake for them.1 At least, that’s how I feel. Some of us watch them because we’re rooting for our favorite athletes, regardless of country. Sometimes, we just want to see who the new faces will be and how they can become household names in the future one day. And then there are others who just watch it because there wasn’t anything else to do for the summer season.
Nowadays, not everyone has been enthusiastic about the Olympics for their own reasons. But for those who still do, for whatever reason, it’s still worth spending two weeks of summer just (binge-)watching different kinds of sport events from the popular ones to the ones no one’s really heard of.
Favorite Sports to Watch at the Olympics
I know some people on watch certain types of sports within the Olympics in which their country is strongest at. I’m also like that as well one way or the other, but what I’m more curious are the new faces, new names, and even the new sport events being added.
But here are my favorites to watch:
- Track & Field2
- Volleyball (both indoor and beach)
- soccer/football (sometimes)
Sport Events that I want to watch but couldn’t because of time zones
- martial arts (judo, taekwondo, and the new one, karate)
- rhythmic gymnastics
There’s probably more but that’s all I could think of in my head right now. As of this writing, it’s Day 5 (Day 6?). This will definitely going to end up one of the most memorable Olympics in history. It’s not because this would be the 2nd time Japan has hosted the summer olympics. It’s because the pandemic still continues till this day, especially with that Delta variant ruining everything.
About this artwork
It’s a very simple artwork made by Procreate using brushes that simulate dried-up markers, pastels, and used-up colored pencils. I’m also using Lisa Glanz’s Procreate pack, The Magic Canvas, for the texture overlays. If the whole artwork looked kind of old and dirty and worn out, it was done on purpose.
I wanted to have that “paper-like” feel. I don’t have the right camera and other equipment to make a good photo of an actual traditional artwork3
I didn’t draw the U.S. flag in it because I don’t really particularly root for the country.4 I root more for the athletes. I love how I can witness them strive to do their best at their most elite level the world has ever seen.
And again, I’m watching the Olympics for the love of watching sports.
On the sidenote . . .
- Well, it’s safe to say that not all athletes think that way.
- I think now they call it “Athletics”
- I do Copic Marker and pigment pen art on the side, currently learning pastel, watercolor, gouache.
- Unlike my parents, who expects anyone from the U.S. and the Philippines to win even though in some cases, they don’t have a chance…