February 14, 2010

Olympic Thoughts

I've been enjoying the Olympics generally; a few thoughts:

- The opening ceremony stuffed about an hour of cool stuff into four hours. it could've done without the slam poetry, but k.d. lang's Canada-on-Canada cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" was just amazing. And I still can't believe the TorchFail- everything went fine for the first three hours, until the most important part?

- The moguls looked surprisingly similar to the roads in Philadelphia, five days after the storm.

- America won a medal in cross country skiing! I was on the skiing team in high school- yes, they have that in Minnesota- and some of my teammates followed the international cross-country skiing scene closely, even watching old footage of competitions and practically worshiping various skiiers, most of whom were Norwegian. Never thought the USA would break through like that.

- McDonalds doesn't seem to be doing its "America Wins, You Win" thing this year, which is a shame- it worked so well in 1984.

- The way they're treating the Georgian luger - blaming him for his own death- is pretty shameful. Has the IOC or any of the international sports governing bodies ever been anything less than corrupt.

- The German pairs figure skaters skated to Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns," WHILE DRESSED AS CLOWNS. Yes, that happened.

Posted by Stephen Silver at February 14, 2010 11:06 PM

You're forgetting the breakout star of this year's Olympiad: Austrian luger Manuel Pfister.

Posted by: LilB at February 16, 2010 12:36 PM
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