Posted on February 16, 2010 by Chris
Very random thoughts from a couple more days of occasional Olympics viewing:
- NBC wisely showed the CTV story on Alexandre Bilodeau and his older brother. Beautiful. (I can’t find a link. Help?)
- Favorite moment Monday night? My first viewing of the Sudafed PE Triple Threat commercial. Hilarious.
- The German bronze medalists in the Pairs Skating competition, Savchenko and Szolkowy, were my favorites. He’s an artist. I really like that guy. That said, the win by China’s Shen and Zhao is a great story. I’m happy for them, especially because he throws a tight spiral.
- Not such a great story? Chinese skating coach Yao Bin‘s sacrificing his family for the gold. His turning around the Chinese skating program is inspiring, but the interview in which he explained his absence from his family was not a “feel good story.” I guess it makes sense, though, since the athletes he coaches forfeit their families from childhood, as well. Sad.
- While we’re on figure skating, does anyone else think that Yevgeny Plushenko, the Russian who won the gold in 2006, brings back memories of the Cold War? Dude is a perfect villain, like a skating Ivan Drago. I keep waiting for him to come up to one of the smaller skaters and say, “I must break you.” (If anyone wants to remake Rocky IV with an Olympic theme, Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina could totally be Mrs. Drago.) On the bright side, at least Plushenko is, well, masculine.
- Speaking of masculine skaters, I think the guy in the plaid shirt and overalls should win the gold medal right now, just for not wearing sequins. Bravo!
- The male skaters from Japan are a blast—especially Kozuka, the kid.
- Canadian skater Patrick Chan sure seems like a good guy. Hope he does well.
- We’re sad for Lindsey Jacobellis. Really sad. Esther (age 8) cried for several minutes and would not be consoled.
- America’s big medal count lead has disappeared. Not a stellar day for the U.S.A.
- I said in a previous post that I like Bob Costas. He’s bugging me though. He tries to be too witty and comes off a bit like a smart alec. Agree?
- Not to namedrop or anything, but Bonnie Blair’s older sister was my high school tennis coach. We were pretty good, too. :)
- Finally, while most of those who commented here liked the Opening Ceremonies, Rick Reilly, one of my favorite sports writers, was less than impressed. (Warning: he insults Canada with abandon. Canadian readers who appreciate disclaimers: Blame him, not me.)
Previous 2010 Olympics posts: here and here.
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