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Is he going to watch the olympics on TV this summer?
a) Definitely
b) Probably
c) No
What is he tired of seeing on TV?
a) Sporting events
b) Profiles of athletes
c) Analysis of events
What is his favorite thing to watch?
a) Boxing
b) Tennis
c) Running
Why does he like this sport?
a) There is drama
b) The athleticism
c) The difficulty
Where did Todd run a marathon?
a) Tokyo
b) Bangkok
c) New York
Ah, so Travis, this summer we have the Olympics. Are you going to watch the Olympics on TV?
I will probably get suckered into watching the olympics I'm sure. It will be on every channel.
It will only be on one channel but it will be on the whole day I'm sure.
Yeah, they kind of go overboard. It's on too much.
Well, I think it was the last winter Olympics, where, I don't know which channel in the Unites States
was covering it but whatever channel was covering it most of the olympics was just people's background
and personal stories and profiles and a lot of America got really fed up with it, and I don't know if you
were still here in Japan or if you were in the Unites States at the time of the last olympics, but
people didn't watch he last olympics (Really) in the states. They just tuned out completely. The reason that
they tuned out is because the coverage was so poor. The station that was covering it was basically just
doing profile after profile of athletes, about how they had to overcome hardship, how they had to eat one
meal every two weeks , and you know run five hundred miles back and forth, you know, some school in Russia
and those sort of profiles, stories drown out the actual events, and it was covered very poorly, but maybe
this year will be different, maybe there will be a backlash against that sort of poor coverage, and we'll get
to see more of the actual olympics this time. This is the summer olympics right. (Yeah, exactly) It shows
how little I know about the olympics. I'm not sure if it's the winter of the summer.
Well, of the olympics, what's your favorite event?
Running. (Running) Just straight running. It seems like a very pure athletic event. There's no guess work in
it. There's not five judge panel trying to decide who won, and then the Canadian judge and the France judge
get in a fight and they have to decide (Yeah) Nothing like that happens. It's just run, clock, stop and whoever
got through the finish line the fastest wins. It seems very pure athleticism, so I like running: 100 meter dash,
200 meter dash, all of that, and long runs too. I used to run when I was in high school so that helps a little
bit. (OK) Not short distances. I used to run cross country, three and five miles.
Ooh, that's a long ways. Are you still a runner?
ah, well I went running tonight. (Oh, nice) but I don't consider myself to be much of a runner. No, I only say
that some day I am going to train and run a marathon but I have yet to train and run a marathon. Maybe someday.
Yeah, I did it when I was in Bangkok and it about killed me. Yeah, running in Bangkok, running a marathon in
Bangkok was not the smartest thing. It was terrible because they had, they have pollution right, Bangkok's a
great city but they have a lot of pollution right. They have to have marathon at 4 o'clock in the morning
before the cars start running, and then when you're running the marathon some of the policeman that are
officiating have to wear like masks because of the pollution in the air, so when you're running a marathon
through that it's not that fun. (Right) But anyway, you should do it. You should run a marathon.
I think maybe I will but perhaps after I finish school this year.
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