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Closing Ceremony

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It was an interesting experience watching the Olympics from another country's perspective. 

Firstly, we learned that there are other countries besides the US competing in the Olympics.  I know this may seem surprising to those of us used to watching the red, white, and blue conquer sport after sport.  When you're watching several hours of coverage in a country that doesn't win everything, you start to realize just how many countries are competing. 

The next thing we learned was how many heats are involved before the final events.  Because of the weird time difference (and lame tv licensing agreements), the events we were able to watch at night were all of the preliminary heats that nobody cares about before all of the excitement of the finals. 

And finally, we learned just how small the mass market is in Australia.  We were already very aware that Australian tv is not so great, but seeing the five total commercials played over and over were very tiring reminders of this.…