August 15, 2012
By Mickey Friedman
I’m still shaken. Only my fellow Olympians understand what it’s like to train for four years and have your Olympic dreams shattered.
I realize most people probably don’t even know about the event I’ve dedicated myself to. Most people would rather watch Beach Volleyball.
But the Men’s 1-Meter All-Day Olympic TV Watching Event has a proud history. The Austrian Gerhardt Schmidtt-Schmidtt won the first competition during the Munich Olympics when he filled his one room apartment in Krems, Austria with seven black and white TVs. Schmidtt-Schmidtt managed to watch every Saturday event and could name every medalist. Sadly, Schmidtt-Schmidtt paid a price for his prowess, and has suffered from excruciating migraines ever since. He no longer owns a television.