As I was sitting in McDonald's eating my hamburger and fries and drinking my Coke, I got some amusement from reading the Olympic-themed paper cup that my beverage was served in.
I first saw this portion pictured below, which shows an Olympic road bicyclist. "This is appropriate. Road biking is a tough endurance sport", I thought to myself. You can tell from the photo that that person is a real athlete
and not just some weekend warrior.
Then I rotated my cup a little, and saw the next event pictured, fencing. "A classic Olympic event", I thought. I rotated the cup another time, and saw...
...badminton. I did some research, and sure enough, badminton is indeed an Olympic event as of Barcelona. Very intriguing. I wonder why badminton made the cut, but the other backyard games
didn't. Where's the bocce
event, the horseshoes
event, the lawn darts
Look at this guy's professional racquet, shirt, and shorty-shorts! Maybe this isn't the kind of badminton that we had so much fun playing in the backyard.
As a parting note, I'll admit that I have played real
badminton in a gym before while in China, and I can say that I completely got my butt kicked.
I will say that I think the reason I lost is because my shorts weren't short enough, or possibly because my grip on the badminton racquet wasn't quite dainty enough.