What a welcome change to be watching the Olympics in Brazil, where the games are shown almost intact (on five channels), and commercials are kept until the end of an event. We can watch an entire women’s volleyball game (go, Sheillah #13!) or men’s soccer game with no commercial interruptions.

Apparently, that is not the case in the U.S., where Subway commercials and let’s-get-to-know-the-(American-only)athlete spots are pervasive.

Of course, the majority of the sports we’re seeing here on SporTV feature Brazilian athletes, but not all of them. And the variation in what is covered is great fun: we’ve seen fencing, diving, swimming, judo (lots of judo), soccer, volleyball, beach volleyball, ping-pong, weight-lifting, kayaking, and so much more. Haven’t seen much of the cycling, or maybe I just missed it while watching something else. (Below is Brazilian Sarah Menezes, who captured the gold in women’s judo (48 kg) She was a terrific competitor, and really seemed to love the sport.)

Through it all, I hear the Brazilian commentators, but most of what they’re saying just goes right past me, as I catch only a few words here and there. I’m learning the numbers well, though, from the scores, and am learning some of the phrases, but much of the commentary is just white noise to me. That’s fine. I can concentrate on the sports (and Neymar, below).

Last night, during the diving competition (why do they only show the top competitors?), the female commentator was so positive and upbeat about everything she saw; no negative comments, no matter who the competitor was. That was refreshing (and she spoke slowly, so I could follow what she was saying).

And while the Brazilian commentators are likely rooting for their teams, it isn’t all doom and gloom if the Brazilian team or player “loses” the gold, as when Thiago Pereira took the silver in the 400-meter individual medley. They rejoiced with him on his win and were thrilled with Ryan Lochte’s win, as well.

I have to say. It’s too bad I have to work during the day; I could spend my entire waking hours watching these Olympic Games. The coverage here is excellent. No complaints.

And my favorite moment thus far: Good evening, Mr. Bond.

(All photos in this post are from online.)