I enjoyed the discussion that followed my first Olympics post, so I’ll keep chiming in with observations as I have opportunity. Of course, I welcome feedback, as that’s part of the fun. I’ve only seen portions of games thus far, but here’s my two cents on the first two days of competition:
- With teammates like that, who needs enemies? Apolo Ohno’s sixth Olympic medal was lost until he got some help from a greedy South Korean. South Korea had a sweep going into the final turn, but 1 of the 3 decided to try to push for first rather than enjoying his team’s dominance. Oops. He and a teammate careened into the pads, allowing two Americans to capture the silver and bronze. “Wanna get away?”
- Speaking of Ohno, short track speedskating is just hard to watch. It’s about as nerve-racking as any sport I’ve seen. Except figure skating. And gymnastics. And luge. And…well, you know.
- I like Bob Costas a lot. And Al Michaels. I’m trying to get used to Cris Collinsworth, though he still comes off as sorta snarky to me. On the other hand, I’ve not seen Keith Olbermann yet, so I’m not complaining. Dan Patrick? I’m not sure what I think.
- Brian Williams had a fascinating piece on the danger of the winter Olympic events. I thought about it, and it’s true. Anybody can run and jump and swim. But most of the winter games are just nuts. And now that I’m listening, I keep hearing about how this guy punctured a lung, this girl has 80 stitches, this lady has had 6 knee surgeries. And, of course, the luge fatality just put an exclamation point on it. I’ll just watch, thanks.
- I grew up in Colorado, and I skied a lot. The way Olympic skiers attack the moguls is amazing. Crazy. They must have springs where I have knees.
- What a nice win for Hannah Kearney. Canadian silver medalist Jennifer Heil had just finished a near perfect run, and I told my girls (who, I know, should have been in bed) that she deserved the gold. Good for her. Then Kearney just smoked her run. That was fun.
- Finally, before I’m accused of ignoring anything not related to U.S. athletes, what’s not to like about Switzerland’s Simon Ammann? Harry Potter’s doppelgänger (er, celebrity look-alike for non FaceBookers) won again. Fittingly, they showed clips of his 2002 win and interview in Salt Lake City. Loved that.
- And finally finally, Scott Hamilton is a dead ringer for Mac Lynch. No? And come to think of it, I’ve never seen them at the same place at the same time. Hmmm.
Filed under: Olympic Moments Tagged: | 2010 Olympics, Al Michaels, Apolo Ohno, Bob Costas, Brian Williams, Cris Collinsworth, Dan Patrick, Hannah Kearney, Keith Olbermann, Mac Lynch, Scott Hamilton, Simon Ammann