1.) Have you been watching fencing? I watched a match between Mariel Zagunis and some gal from India who would scream like a banshee (as in the sound of your death being foretold) anytime she got a point, or thought she got the point, or thought that Mariel got the point but it should have been awarded to her. It was... intense. If Mariel gets the gold she will have earned it because if I had that scream coming at me along with a sword, I would be cowering under the judges' table.
2.) Another American was playing a Tunisian. Obviously I was rooting for Team USA but I was sort of hoping the Tunisian would pull out a win. That country supplied me with a lot of adventures, marriage proposals, and Orangina. They are in my heart.
3.) For some reason the arena is dark except for the area where the competitors fight. And there are areas of flashing lights to signal when someone has been hit. And they're wearing these shimmery silver get-ups. So when they walk out, and the very excited announcer says their names it had a hint of Vegas floor show to it. Or the Icecapades.