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Are you in the Olympic Zone?

by Laural Porter

Posted on August 15, 2008 at 12:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:32 PM

I think there are a lot of us with Olympic hangovers every morning.

We're drinking up these 2008 Beijing Olympics and hanging in there until closing time each night.

We're groggy the next day, because we've bellied up to NBC's beautiful HD coverage of all the excitement and drama and we can't back away.

Who can turn down another round of Michael Phelps going for an indelible place in history as the first person to win eight individual gold medals in one Olympics?

As I write this, I am at my desk in the newsroom waiting for our Late, Late newscast after the Olympics at 1:17am.

I'm waiting to see Michael Phelps' bid for Gold Medal number six... in the 200 meter individual medley... and waiting for the women's individual gymnastics all around competition. Will the American women do better than the American men did last night?

Will Shawn Johnson or Nastia Liukin realize their dreams of Olympic Gold?

I know I have plenty of company in my Olympic addiction. The Portland/Vancouver market is consistently in the top two or three markets in viewership every Olympics whether it's summer or winter.

Even celebrities are hooked...New Mom, Jessica Alba is so addicted she's blogging about them.

She blogs, "The men's 400M relay was insane. We were down by almost a half body length going into the final turn and then next thing you knew it was closer, closer, closer, until we touched the wall first. I went crazy!"

Jessica, so did we all! We may never again see such an amazing Olympic comeback!

If you want more Olympic drama and behind the scenes info, join Joe Donlon and me each night during the Olympics for the "Olympic Zone" at 7:30 p.m. right before NBC's Prime time coverage.

Because, who doesn't need another serving of the Olympics from Beijing?

Hurry and get your fill before it's last call...

At least until the Winter Olympics in Vancouver,B.C in 2010!

Zai Jian, (Good bye for now)

Laural Porter