The ratings are higher for this Olympics than 4 years ago in Sydney Olympics. What is it about watching athletes swim, run, bike, shoot hoops, bump, set, that draws so many fans? Why are more people watching now than ever before?
I have several theories. One is the pure escapism. With all the politics playing out right now, it's nice to take a 2 week break from the mud slinging. Also, our world in the US has changed from the past 4 years. It is reassuring to envelope yourself in something historic and predictable. The athletes representing their countries are competing in harmony and allows us to imagine a world without terror. The Olympics also give us hope. And we witness real human emotion hour after hour, joy, elation, despair, without having to think of our own problems.
Or maybe it's the hard bods in skimpy attire.
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