Readers Respond: Olympic Fever

More than 1,200 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How will you watch the equestrian events of the 2008 Olympic Games?"

results of olympics poll

Results were as follows: 
  • On television: 62.44% (758)
  • Not sure: 14.25% (173)
  • I don't plan to watch: 14.00% (170)
  • Via the internet: 8.73% (106)
  • Live in Hong Kong: 0.58% (7)

Readers shared their cheers for their favorite Olympic teams in the comments below.

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  • wish they'd post the exact time they'll be on 
  • USA! USA! USA!!! 
  • 115 degree heat, high humidity, possible typhoons - human's choose to compete horses have no choice 
  • I am more impressed by those who chose not to participate due to health risks for their horses. 
  • my God Bless you all & have a safe & successful trip. 
  • Go U.S.A!!!! GOOD LUCK!!!! 
  • depends on what mode I can best view & what's available to me 
  • Cowgirl up Ladies! Gentlemen, it's gotta be a cowboy thing. Show 'em how it's done! 
  • You are the best and it will be great to watch your best performance! 
  • I'm not. Boycotting Beijing. 
  • Go team! good luck! 
  • Go USA!!! 
  • Go USA! 
  • Don't have opportunely to watch 
  • Go Gina Miles!!! Congratulations! you deserve it 
  • Go equines!!! 
  • Watching Dressage for sure. Mixed feelings about Eventing at this point in time.... 
  • Have a great time! 
  • I wish all a safe journey 
  • Go Team! 
  • Go U.S. Equestrian Team!!! 
  • Go, USA! Bring home some Gold! Lisa from Chicago 
  • good luck team USA rocks i'll be cheering for you. 
  • way to go-keep up the good work and may you go with god speed-our prayers are with you all-be safe 
  • I just hope we don't have to compete w/other sports, which cuts into quality time for the horses. 
  • How do we watch on the internet??????????? 
  • Wish I was there! Go get 'em! 
  • Hoping the coverage will improve. Network coverage of any horse event is usually poor. 
  • thats the best wat for me to watch it 
  • What Imiss onTV Ill watch onWeb 
  • Go America!!!!!! 
  • I refuse to support the politics involved in the whole Olympic process! 
  • Television coverage is usually not good for equine events, so why bother! We'll hear about it soon e 
  • Riders and horses good luck, be safe, make us proud! 
  • Best wishes for SAFE and successful eventing! 
  • I can't get NBC on my TV. I would like to see the equestrian events. 
  • Have lost most interest in the Olympics. Will only be watching Equestrian events when I can. 
  • go cowboys and cowgirls 
  • USA Rocks! Go Team! You are our true modern day warriors! 
  • I cant go there, so i'll watch it on TV, or on the internet. I'm not sure. 
  • Good Luck everyone! I hope all of your hard work pays off. Make us proud! 
  • Go Team CANADA!! 
  • I'm hoping that the coverage will be complete and without violence 
  • THE BEST OF THE BEST, THEY'LL BRING HOME THE GOLD!!! 
  • My local cable company doesn't have Oxygen which is broadcasting the equestrian events 
  • You are all totally wonderful, riders too!!! 
  • I don't get Oxygen, so I won't be able to watch xc on TV. Will it be on the internet? 
  • if NBC will show them! 
  • I don't think we should be there at all 
  • On television if any of the equestrian competition is shown!! 
  • GO TEAM USA!!!!! 
  • Can't wait until the china olympics are over so I can start watching again. 
  • Unvortunately, TV coverage has always been poor. 
  • Go USA!!!!!!! 
  • Go U.S.A.! 
  • Depends on how it's broadcast-no cable or dish here, just network TV & coverage typically very poor. 
  • I'm boycotting the entire thing, for political reasons 
  • I hope and pray that no horses or riders are killed or seriously injured! 
  • Go Team Go Horses 
  • I hope there is lots of coverage ! 
  • am so psyched for the Olympics. What an amazing event for all! 
  • I will watch on TV unless there is not enough and then will resort to Internet. 
  • We will miss Teddy! 
  • No cabel/satellite and supposedly not being broadcast by regular sports networks 
  • Good Luck, be safe and SHINE!! 
  • Best wishes to everyone riding for America! My prayers are with you 
  • Hopefully some of it will make it on TV 
  • TIVO!! 
  • the games should be boycotted, the people will suffer the gov will profit and we support it, BS 
  • Come on, eventing team, win one for Theodore O'Connor! 
  • Why would anyone put their horse or themselves in a place where the air quality is so poor? 
  • I will be cheering on Canada! Go Red and White! 
  • Go Team! We are routing for you. 
  • How about other teams since it's not only Americans here? Huray for the horses,whatever nationality! 
  • May have to upgrade cable for the channels I need. 
  • I find China's human rights violations unforgivable I refuse to watch anything. 
  • Ride to Win! Make Canada Proud! 
  • Heads up! Heels down! 
  • Go Phillip! (no beating any Aussies, tho!) 
  • only if on reg. tv (don't have cable) 
  • Sadly, horse stuff isn't often on TV 
  • Will be riding my own 
  • You mean the MINIMAL coverage we will be able to watch through any venue???? Don't get me started! 
  • On foxrel in australia, & good luck to the american & australian teams. 
  • Good Luck! Go U.S. Team! Have fun and enjoy this amazing experience! 
  • Proud of you all keep up the good work. Go U.S.A 
  • Good Luck All-paraequestrians and Missy Ransehausen. They need our support they can get. 
  • NBC should air more of the equestrian events due to US hosting the WEG in 2010. 
  • GO TEAM! Ride safe,ride smart, ride for America! The Everetts, Pinetown NC 
  • any way I can mostly on TV if they will televise it 
  • HOW CAN I WATCH??? 
  • It's too bad they don't show more horse sports on TV 
  • i DO HOPE WE GET ENOUGH COVERAGE OF THE EQUESTRIAN OLYMPICS. 
  • Unfortunately, equestrian sports is never has very good Olympic coverage. 
  • Stay home...do not support CHINA ! 
  • whichever has the best and most convenient coverage 
  • go!!!! 
  • Good luck and best wishes from Carosellos Arabians 
  • Go team! 
  • GO U S A!!!! Bring home the GOLD!!! 
  • We pray for your safety and success! 
  • Hope the major networks cover them. That is all I get on my TV. 
  • What will be the best way to watch? 
  • Have Fun! 
  • GOOD LUCK AND STAY SAFE 
  • Have a great time, and bring yourselves and your horses home safe! 
  • TV at home and PC at work :)) 
  • The fun of watching the Olympics will be tempered by worries about the horses' health. 
  • GO GO GO!!!!!! 
  • Will TIVO everything. 
  • China is murdering horses, cats & dogs---to heck with them!!! 
  • Tivo!!!! 
  • would love to; 
  • I have lost my taste for watching competition. Too many abused horses. 
  • thanks to my DVR 
  • Yaaaaay! Lets go team Amercia!!!!! 
  • U S A fid a way USA win today 
  • Awesome!! I hope they air it all on TV. 
  • Hopefully there will be decent coverage on cable TV. 
  • You have to pay extra for digital TV in Canada to see any of the Olympic equestrian events. Sucks! 
  • It is a extremly poor enviroment to have a horse in 
  • How I will view the events depends on how they're provided. 
  • Wish they'd show the ParaEquestrian events! Know one of the USA riders!! 
  • Go Canada, go 
  • Good question. Hope they televise it in the US 
  • want to watch. don't have tv 
  • Go Eventing Team! 
  • Rural, no cable or satellite or Oxygen = no Olympic Equestrian events - what were they thinking? 
  • I will watch on regular TV, not cable or satulite 
  • Hope they show more of the compatitions this year at a normal time. 
  • just pray that the riders are very judicious in their riding and protect their horses 
  • I plan to watch as much as possible! 
  • go USA!!!!!!! 
  • If I knew when it was on tv I could tape it or watch it live 
  • so excited about the great tv coverage planned! 
  • Go Team! Be safe and have fun! 
  • GO TEAM USA - YOU ARE THE BEST THERE IS! MAKE IT WORK!!!! 
  • Go USA! 
  • Congratulations, and remember, if you do your best you're always a winner! 
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