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I Do Not Hate the Olympics: An Essay from Chuck Klosterman IV (Chuck Klosterman on Sports)

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Today I hate the Olympics

Today in Olympic whatever: you know you’re into the home stretch when the women’s individual figure skating gets into gear, as it does tonight with the short program. Also: cross-country skiing relay (you know what makes cross-country skiing even more exciting? Having lots of people do it) and bobsled, which was last interesting when John Candy coached the Jamaicans to a noble loss. (TSN, SportsNet, CTV, NBC, APTN, Outdoor Life)
The top twelve male semifinalists perform on American Idol tonight. Interesting note one: because last year the boys had the temerity to be more popular and talented than the girls, this year Fox is going back to the elimination model that gets rid of them at an even pace. Interesting note two: there is one boy named Alex Lambert, about whom the most interesting fact is that he is not related to Adam Lambert. Interesting note three: there is also one guy who totally looks like Sawyer on Lost. (Fox, 8 p.m.)

Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Jordyn Wieber - NBC Olympics Hate Gabby Douglas?

Does NBC Olympics hate Gabby Douglas? Gabby's the wonderfully-athletic 16-year-old representative of the US Women's Gymnastics Team who earned the best time of all women Tuesday night, and wowed the WISE (Women In Sports And Events) San Francisco crowd in the process, not to mention the rest of the nation and The World.

Now, just general folks, observers and bloggers, are noticing that Gabby Douglas is not getting put on NBC Olympics much at all when she's not competing. Instead, the top women in terms of Internet search -- Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin -- are all not competing in the 2012 Olympics, and Jordyn Wieber flamed out on the Sunday trials before coming back to perform well, but Gabby was better.

So how the hell can that happen? Simple. NBC puts the spotlight on them, and that drives Internet search -- the TV to Internet search relationship is a known fact. NBC has the exclusive rights to the Olympics. So they control the TV content for much of America that doesn't have access to its own live stream from the BBC.

So how the hell can that happen? Simple. NBC puts the spotlight on them, and that drives Internet search -- the TV to Internet search relationship is a known fact. NBC has the exclusive rights to the Olympics. So they control the TV content for much of America that doesn't have access to its own live stream from the BBC.

In fact, as I write this, the NBC Olympics website features Jordyn in the upper left hand corner as someone to get to know -- not Gabby. That' right, Jordyn -- who had a massive failure before coming back to help the USA effort. NBC has spent a lot of time on her story.

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For those on Twitter, Olympics-things are being tweeted about constantly. People are sharing Olympics tales on Facebook. There are Olympics-related articles everywhere we look. We're watching emotional, sentimental Olympics commercials and feeling embarrassed about wiping our teary eyes in the gym, where we like to watch the Olympics because it makes us feel a little bit more a part of something bigger, you know? We're finding it unable to turn off the channel at night, desperate to watch one more race, one more swim, or one last balance beam attempt. We're weeping along with the tiny gymnasts, gasping along with the powerful swimmers, getting angry at the losing ones who clearly could have done better, not that we have any idea what it actually takes to get to where they are. Wait a minute, we think. We feel sort of manipulated. Ooh, we hate feeling manipulated. Cue the beginnings of Olympics Hate. It can take many forms. Some of the most popular are as follows.