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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Olympics open thread.

So, how are the Winter Olympics treating you? As a broadcast-TV-only, no-Tivo household, we're captives to Bob Costas and company, but he seems to have a kind of sense of humor this year. (Puts on a cape after work? Oh yeah, me, too.) And while I enjoy the skating events, I'm ready to come out and say it: ballet should be an Olympic sport, too. Why not?

Even though I grew up at the base of Provo Canyon — Robert Redford's Sundance Resort is on the other side of the mountain — my family never took up downhill skiing, and I've always perceived most of the Winter Olympic sports as rich-people events; my winter sport was competitive inner-tubing. But I don't hold any grudges: some of my jumps were, as they say, big and huge.

Feel free to share highlights, lowlights, favorite links to Olympics commentary and trivia about the games in the comments.

Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 21 February 2006 at 11:07 PM

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February 22, 2006 09:40 AM | Permalink for this comment

I posted about the olympics on my blog (after the part about IKEA). But, again, my favorite part so far has been the Bryant Gumbel dust-up and Janica Kostelic(sp?) of Croatia. She's got guts.

I forgot to mention on Unity, that I also follow Men's Doubles Luge. I have a cousin who was, at one time, on the national team and then became its coach. This was his event and, for a while, we sould get postcards from Lake Placid and elsewhere. Of course, that 30 minutes of face time per year and with my luck the baby will come right in the middle of it...

Georg Hackle of Germany is my favorite winter olympian, about whom it was once said, "There are only two things that this man does well...slide down a hill on a sled and drink beer." He was also good at something called the "foot-slapping dance". Alas, he hasn't been seen since Lillehammer...


February 22, 2006 10:21 AM | Permalink for this comment

The "Flying White Sausage" did indeed compete this year, and finished 7th. Results for singles are here.

Yes, I'm a junkie. Can't get enough of these sports I only care about every four years (with the exception of figure skating, which I sort of follow during non-Olympics).

Cable isn't doing me much good, though, as they save most of the "good stuff" for their PrimeTime NBC coverage. I wish I had CBC somewhere in our hundreds of channels, as they pay attention to people who, *gasp* aren't Americans! And they don't pretend that you're watching the event live rather than a carefully edited package after the fact.

TIVO is wonderful because I can fast forward through most of the inanity of commentators and "special features." I'm at least a day behind, because I insist on watching all of it, even if I fast forward, but I don't miss anything because of choir rehearsals and putting children to bed and things like that. And I have my own instant replay.

But anyway. Carry on.


February 22, 2006 12:24 PM | Permalink for this comment

I'm bored of bobsledding (oops, bobsleighing), but otherwise I've had a good time watching the prime time coverage. My complaint so far is that I want to see some curling. I don't think I've ever seen it played.


February 22, 2006 12:37 PM | Permalink for this comment

Jess, you made my day! Thank you. I, too, enjoy the CBC experience. Sadly, I, too am deprived...


February 23, 2006 09:53 PM | Permalink for this comment

Okay, best line from the skating commentary, about the dark-haired Finnish skater's performance: "Watching the soufflé unsouffle." That's a great new verb.


February 26, 2006 05:25 PM | Permalink for this comment

Complaint! NBC's Olympics website doesn't provide video clips for Macs. How am I ever going to see curling?

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