Olympics fans stay indoors on sunny holiday

Patrick Dolan
Patrick Dolan
Walter Joslin
Walter Joslin
Kuulei Joslin
Kuulei Joslin

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

AIEA (KHNL) - The sun was out on this Admission Day, but not everyone hit the beach or went for a hike. Some stayed in because they're struck with Olympics fever.

It doesn't matter what sport is on. Fans of the Beijing games say they'll sit in front of the television for hours, unable to tear themselves away.

When Kuulei Joslin isn't at home watching the Olympics on TV, she's at a restaurant watching the Olympics on TV.

"I don't want to move because I'm afraid I'm going to miss something," the Ewa Beach resident said.

"It sounds like an addiction," this reporter said.

"It is," Joslin said. "You know, I didn't realize that until my husband told me yesterday. He says you've been glued to that thing."

Her husband, Walter, admits he's addicted himself.

"Wow, it's just so good," he said.

Watching American swimmer Michael Phelps demolish his competition, and seeing Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson of the US grab gold and silver in gymnastics, really gets to the big guy.

"I get so emotional," Walter Joslin said.

"We yell and scream at each other," his wife added. "But isn't that what the Olympics are all about?"

On this sunny state holiday, many Olympics fans choose to stay indoors. Dixie Grill says business is better than expected for this time of year.

"I hate to give the credit all to one guy, but Michael Phelps is just tearing it up," Patrick Dolan, general manager, said. "I mean, he's the talk of the country right now."

No matter what the sport, the folks say it's nice to see talented athletes from different places giving it their all.

"They do have pride in doing the thing for their country," Walter Joslin said. "You know, not only us, the United States, but the rest of the countries."

"It's fun to watch," Dolan said. "It really is."

The Olympics continue to dominate August television viewing. In the first full week of the games, more than 180-million Americans have watched some of the coverage from Beijing. That's 17-million more viewers than the first seven days of the Athens Summer Olympics four years ago.

Thursday night alone, 76-million people watched some portion of NBC's prime-time coverage.

The games continue on KHNL NBC 8 through Sunday, August 24th.