Thursday, February 18, 2010


I love the Olympics - always have. I can't wait to clean up dinner and find a comfy spot on the couch for another evening of athletic excitement. We all sit and marvel at their bravery and remark how there isn't enough money in the world to get me to try speed skiing. I'd have a panic attack just standing at the top, let alone actually leaving the gate with skids on my feet. How do they do that without wetting their pants the entire trip down?
I would need to be greeted at the bottom with a straight jacket and Thorazine on IV.

Dr. Monkey has a really great summary of the Olympics here. In many ways, I echo his feelings.

I always cry with them too. Anyone else cry with Lindsey Vonn Tuesday night? Maybe it's because she's from my area. Or maybe it's just cuz I'm a big sap.

The coverage is lacking though. I remember plenty of personal stories in the 70's and 80's about athletes from around the world. We'd get caught up in the story of the Norwegian skier, the Chinese skater, the Russian luge guy. But now it's ALL AMERICA ALL THE TIME. And hello American fans, I think it's rude to chant USA! USA! when you are visiting another country. We aren't that much to cheer about right now, just sayin.

I'm hearing that CNBC and Canadian channels have better coverage, but sadly I get neither.

I've been singing "Shani, like a melody in my head . . . . " and it drives my kids nuts.

Score one for Mom!

Why don't the ice skaters wear uniforms? Personally I think figure skating is probably the most demanding sport in the winter Olympics. Ever tried to just skate a few laps? It's slap out exhausting. The fact that they make it look like butter is a testament to their skill. But all those sequins, feathers, netting, makeup, hair jewels, and pastels are distracting. And that's just the men! Any sport that involves costuming causes me serious mental pause.


cfoxes33 said...

I have seen several other stories...Like Patrick Chan, the figure skater from Canada and the speed skating guy, Sven something, from The Netherlands. Hmmmm.

Unknown said...

I love the Olympics too. During the day the USA network shows some coverage.
Yes I cry at most medal ceremonies!

SkylersDad said...

The trouble with our coverage is that the interesting stories are tucked away on other channels or during the night.

Churlita said...

Lindsey's sister supposedly goes to the university where I work and everyone here is making a big deal out of it. I guess we're all a bunch of dorks about the Olympics...

Missy said...

Tears flow for me every medals ceremony!

Sheleta said...

I love 'em too, but I miss seeing Mike Pomerantz on the evening news. He's the most handsome newscaster of all time. I love going to bed with him every night. But since the Olympics runs late, sad to say, I'm in bed by the time he comes on!