Interest in Olympics is waning with students

May 8, 2012

By Eric Schroeder

Hall Monitor Eric Schroeder Issaquah High School

The 2012 Olympic Games are fast approaching and will certainly be a part of current events this summer.

But for all of its importance, there seems to be some apathy surrounding the games. While our student body has a great interest in athletics at Issaquah High School, it seems that students just do not pay a lot of attention to the Olympics.

Considering that the Olympics pit country against country and attract the most talented athletes from around the world, you would think that it would be a bigger event. While surveys revealed that over two-thirds of students said that they plan to watch the Olympics this summer, most students said that they only plan to passively watch them when they were bored or just flipping through channels.

Even more surprising, students cannot even pinpoint their favorite Olympic events; many had trouble remembering what events were part of the Olympics. It seems that students at IHS are much more concerned with The Hunger Games than they are with the Olympic ones.

So what events will IHS students be most actively tuning into this upcoming summer? The most popular event, according to our student body, is swimming, where four years ago Michael Phelps captured the attention of the world by shattering seemingly unbreakable records. Track and field events, headlined by Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, ranked second in popularity among IHS students, with basketball and gymnastics following close behind.

No matter whether we watch the Olympics with intense passion, or just flip through the events when we are bored, the Olympics represent our country as a whole and will be an important part of politics, as well as sports, this summer.

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