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2012 Summer Olympics

Karen Cuellar, Staff Writer

 

 

This summer from July to August, 204 countries sent more than 10,000 athletes to compete in 300 hundred events at the biggest athletic competition of the year, the London 2012 Olympics.

Despite not being live because of the time difference from the U.K., the Olympics were televised and watched in the United States. According to Huffpost TV, “The NBC primetime broadcast of the Olympics averaged 31.1 million viewers, making it the most-watched non-US Olympics in thirty-six years.”

Out of those 31.1 million watching, some were Norwalk High School students and faculty. These viewers have different heritages from European, African, Hispanic to American. Some cheered for the United States while others cheered for their heritage country. “I cheered for the United States because everyone in my family cheered for them,” said, Vannesa Monsalve (‘16).

Eighty-seven percent of the students and teachers at NHS said they watched the Olympics this summer. Of these people fifty-eight percent said they cheered for the United States. in the events they watched. Jessie Gorman (’16) said, “I cheered for the United States because we live in the United States”

Only fourteen percent cheered for their own heritage country. “I cheered for Mexico’s soccer team, they’re my favorite” said, Loreydy Garcia (’16).

Sixteen percent of the people said they cheered for both the United States and their heritage country. Some said that the country they cheered for depended on the event. “I cheered for the U.S. because I live here and for Mexico because that’s where my family and I are from. Mexico got metals for diving and soccer, I felt proud of my country.” said, Andrea Molina (’15).

At NHS, 13 percent of the people did not watch the Olympics. Richard Cruz (’14) said, “I didn’t watch the Olympics because I did not have the time”, while others said that if they had watched it they would have cheered on their heritage country.

The United States has many great athletes like Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, and Kyle Alcorn. This year at the Olympics, the United States won over 104 medals in total. According to these statistics, the 2012 Olympics brought many people together. The students and faculty at NHS stayed patriotic and cheered for the United States and their heritage countries.

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