This will be a familiar sight on Twitter during #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/YkRxDSEKmN— Rick Eyre (@rickeyre) August 3, 2016
Following my bloggage of the Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics, I started by Rio 2016 blog coverage two days before the opening ceremony as usual with some women's soccer. On the day before opening I went "meh" and stopped. I did, of course, continue on Twitter.
As the 2020 in 2021 Tokyo Olympics approach, I decided to complete the task of blogging the Games of the XXXI Olympiad by trawling through my Twitter archive (a risky business leaving your social media past online these days, I know) and embellishing with some video of the day. If I don't get sick of the exercise before the closing ceremony I promise to do some day-to-day angstage of my ambivalent relationship with The Games That Probably Should Have Been Cancelled But Haven't 2021.
The Rio Olympics were, it should be recalled, conducted in the wake of two cultural horrors: Donald Trump winning the Republican nomination for President was one; the release of Pokemon Go was the other.
Olympic athletes arrive in Rio to discover to their horror that Pokemon Go is not available in Brazil - https://t.co/8G5feBOCms #Rio2016— Rick Eyre (@rickeyre) July 30, 2016
Oh and there were the OH&S issues:
#Rio2016 claim to be "100 per cent" confident no sailor will be harmed by water pollution concerns https://t.co/kgv4UTSYyn— Rick Eyre (@rickeyre) August 2, 2016
A definitive ranking of the five open water Olympic sports, by sewage exposure risk: https://t.co/yVagEVmi6E via @slate— Rick Eyre (@rickeyre) August 7, 2016
And the environmental:
We Were Promised The Greenest Olympics Ever. We Got An Ecological Disaster. https://t.co/bUSprKzV48 via @climateprogress #Rio2016— Rick Eyre (@rickeyre) August 3, 2016
(article now reachable at https://reneweconomy.com.au/promised-greenest-olympics-ever-got-ecological-disaster-49739/)
I watched a delayed telecast of the Opening Ceremony. I'll leave the reviews to others:
The Rio opening ceremony: National trauma via Cirque du Soleil-style performance art https://t.co/XhlP3TuRbm via @slate— Rick Eyre (@rickeyre) August 6, 2016
"Sorry, Rio, but London and Beijing have ruined Opening Ceremonies for everyone" Yep. https://t.co/yAXc5vJAK0— Rick Eyre (@rickeyre) August 6, 2016
I hope someone is seeking comment from Senator-elect Malcolm-Ieuan: Roberts. about the Olympic opening ceremony. https://t.co/siAUUl5l5t— Rick Eyre (@rickeyre) August 6, 2016
Here thanks to the Olympic Channel is the Opening Ceremony in full: