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(Short List)   NBC takes a break from farking up their Olympics coverage to capture the reactions of a US gymnast's insane parents   (shortlist.com) divider line 31
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2012-07-30 11:44:39 AM  
If my kid was in the Olympics, I'd be acting a lot crazier than that.
 
2012-07-30 11:46:57 AM  

Lando Lincoln: If my kid was in the Olympics, I'd be acting a lot crazier than that.


Agreed. But at the same time the coverage is kind of weird to me. I wouldn't want everything i say broadcasted like that. Is NBC using a directional microphone or are the parents wired-up? This also makes a difference....
 
2012-07-30 11:56:59 AM  

Lando Lincoln: If my kid was in the Olympics, I'd be acting a lot crazier than that.


I'd like to think I would keep the crazy in check, but my joy would be unbridled. These two just didn't look like they were having any fun.
 
2012-07-30 12:23:13 PM  
I'd be a nervous wreck. This is a bit more high stakes than little Jayden's t-ball game.
 
2012-07-30 12:27:38 PM  
Maybe they could instead use that time to show us how the non-US teams are doing.
 
2012-07-30 12:43:57 PM  

I Like Bread: Maybe they could instead use that time to show us how the non-US teams are doing.


Wait wait wait, there are NON-US teams in the Olympics now? When the F**k did THAT happen?! I don't want illegals in MY Olympics!
 
2012-07-30 12:45:00 PM  

Staffist: Lando Lincoln: If my kid was in the Olympics, I'd be acting a lot crazier than that.

I'd like to think I would keep the crazy in check, but my joy would be unbridled. These two just didn't look like they were having any fun.


They were hanging on every element of every move, just as their daughter had through thousands of hours of practice. They've sacrificed immensely in time, heartbreak and money in supporting their daughter to that point. You could see they were thrilled at the end, but they're experts in gymnastics scoring by now and know that there's a lot more to go before the medals.
 
2012-07-30 12:48:31 PM  

I Like Bread: Maybe they could instead use that time to show us how the non-US teams are doing.


That would be nice, but many countries don't even get to watch their own gymnasts. The BBC was getting a lot of complaints about not showing all of the British gymnasts' performances, which made the BBC explain that they'd like to show them all, but they are stuck with whatever video the Olympic Broadcasting Services provides them with. If the OBS doesn't record a particular performance, then they don't have the video to broadcast.

I'm not sure if video of parents in the stands also comes from OBS or if the other broadcasters are allowed to film that, but all of the actual sports comes from OBS.
 
2012-07-30 12:54:08 PM  
That was the most entertaining part of the show last night. I think the one chick's mom had some extra fingers surgically attached so she could wear more rings.
 
2012-07-30 01:20:40 PM  
Oh crap, that's the one from Massachusetts, isn't it?
 
2012-07-30 01:37:40 PM  
Not sure why, but that clip reminded me of my ex-wife at the party that broke us up.
 
2012-07-30 01:37:42 PM  

factoryconnection:

They were hanging on every element of every move, just as their daughter had through thousands of hours of practice. They've sacrificed immensely in time, heartbreak and money in supporting their daughter to that point. You could see they were thrilled at the end, but they're experts in gymnastics scoring by now and know that there's a lot more to go before the medals.


I get that, but I would have much rather seen their enthusiastically painted faces, or maybe big garish American foam pommel horse hats, or even a balance beam through the head a la Steve Martin's arrow, but I guess the 'Toddlers and Tiaras' tourettes makes for better television.
 
2012-07-30 01:47:31 PM  

factoryconnection: Staffist: Lando Lincoln: If my kid was in the Olympics, I'd be acting a lot crazier than that.

I'd like to think I would keep the crazy in check, but my joy would be unbridled. These two just didn't look like they were having any fun.

They were hanging on every element of every move, just as their daughter had through thousands of hours of practice. They've sacrificed immensely in time, heartbreak and money in supporting their daughter to that point. You could see they were thrilled at the end, but they're experts in gymnastics scoring by now and know that there's a lot more to go before the medals.

It looked more like relief than being "thrilled" at the end.
 
2012-07-30 01:56:39 PM  
Video farked. Too bad, 'cause it was kind of cute.
 
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2012-07-30 05:19:13 PM  
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2012-07-30 05:37:52 PM  
Sad.

I'm tired of the way that NBC 'plays up' these girls with the back stories and fake drama.

Same for the swimmers and women beach vollyballers.

Just sick of those two chicks.
 
2012-07-30 06:20:14 PM  
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2012-07-30 07:56:29 PM  

PoTBoT: New currently working Link


That video ends right before the mom lets out a soft "fffark" of relief after having a mild heart attack.
 
2012-07-30 08:09:06 PM  
Insane. Nope.
Pretty much like every parent would and should act.
 
2012-07-30 09:45:43 PM  
penthesilea: I'd be a nervous wreck. This is a bit more high stakes than little Jayden's t-ball game.

Ding-Ding! We have a winner!

(I just wish TV would turn down the "human element" time-fillers and fake drama and show more events.)
 
2012-07-30 10:53:16 PM  
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2012-07-30 11:36:08 PM  
Thank God the International Olympic Committee is here to make sure I don't watch something enjoyable from their competition. God forbid what might happen next!
 
2012-07-31 01:36:13 AM  
will some one just put this on you tube so it snowballs unblockingly out of controll please
 
2012-07-31 02:29:27 AM  
fark you, NBC. The Olympics are a global event. This isn't like uploading a movie clip to youtube, which by the way happens all the time and the vast majority are never taken down.

F*ck NBC in their greedy, corporate, soulraping ass. No one appointed you to be the Fun Police.
 
2012-07-31 06:37:29 AM  

mr smart the great: will some one just put this on you tube so it snowballs unblockingly out of controll please



Been uploaded plenty of times Link
 
2012-07-31 10:03:25 AM  

I Like Bread: Maybe they could instead use that time to show us how the non-US teams are doing.



I don't understand. What's the point of watching a non-American team in the U.S.?

That's like me getting mad that the TV only plays Broncos games while I'm in Denver. I mean, during commercials the station could switch to the Colts game if they weren't such assholes!
 
2012-07-31 10:29:46 AM  
I would be worse than that if I was crazy enough to make my kid wake up at 4 am every day since they could walk just so they could have a chance at making it in a sport that doesn't really earn a lot of money for many people. Their just a step above pageant moms.
 
2012-07-31 10:39:10 AM  

SuburbanCowboy: I would be worse than that if I was crazy enough to make my kid wake up at 4 am every day since they could walk just so they could have a chance at making it in a sport that doesn't really earn a lot of money for many people. Their They're just a step above pageant moms.


No, they really aren't. These kids, for the most part, decide that this is what they want and the parents try to facilitate that goal. I know less about gymnasts than I do about swimmers, and they are NOT doing it for their parents. You can hardly blame the parents for being emoionally invested.
 
2012-07-31 10:40:11 AM  
emotionally
 
2012-07-31 06:33:37 PM  
I've seen worse...
Link
 
2012-07-31 08:10:13 PM  

John Nash: Thank God the International Olympic Committee is here to make sure I don't watch something enjoyable from their competition. God forbid what might happen next!


Seriously. The goddamn UN needs to step in and declare that the Olympics are public domain. Fark all these guys.
 
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