Get Ready to Watch San Diego Athletes in the Olympics

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Mark Zeigler put together a nice preview of the Beijing 2008 Olympics for the Sports section in last Sunday’s Union Tribune. Since I like to focus on San Diego superlatives, I took heart when Mark noted there will be athletes in seventeen Olympic sports with San Diego ties. Mark notes it is all the more impressive when you consider there will only be thirteen Olympic sports where someone from San Diego will not be participating.

That is quite an amazing statistic. I’d be curious to know if any other city in the world can claim that level of representation for the Summer Olympics. It is just another sign that San Diego is the best place in the world to live and enjoy the outdoors. Our ideal climate, varied topography, and proximity to the ocean and mountains not only attracts athletes from all over the world but provides a competitive environment that encourages all who live here to excel. (That’s why I moved here.)

It does help that San Diego is home to the only year-round Olympic Training Center, which I wrote about in a previous post. Then again, the U.S. Olympic Committee was attracted to San Diego because of the great environment.

Mark’s Olympic Preview in the Union Tribune includes a list of the athletes with local ties, including ones that are considered favorites to win the medal. As of the writing of this post, the list of athletes is not included on the Union Tribune’s web site so you will need to find a copy of Sunday’s paper. I’ll send them a message asking them to link the other Beijing Olympic preview articles to their main article, which is posted online.

You can get the Olympic TV Schedule from the NBC Olympics web site. You will be asked for your zip code and cable provider, if you use one, to access customized Olympic TV listings for the San Diego time zone. NBC will be providing coverage across a number of company owned channels, special cable channels being set up exclusively for Olympic coverage, and the internet. This combined coverage will provide more hours of Olympic television than was covered for all of the previous Olympics combined! Yikes! Thus, it would be a good idea to look at the online Olympic TV listings, which you can sort by sport, time, and channel.

Enjoy watching the Olympics and cheering for our fellow San Diegans!

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One Response to “Get Ready to Watch San Diego Athletes in the Olympics”

  1. The Best Places in San Diego says:

    It looks like San Diegans are taking to the Olympics in droves. The Union Tribune reported that San Diego had the highest rate of Olympic viewership in the country over the first four days of the Beijing Olympics.

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