Along with approximately four feet of the six feet of snow
that lines Road 7L, the 2014 Winter Olympics have come and gone. In four
years, Pyeongchang, South Korea, is set to hold the 2018 spectacle from
Feb. 9 through 25. This will be the first Winter Olympic Games and
second Olympic Games in South Korea.
As Kiev and Caracas fought,
burned, and in the case of Ukraine, seemed to be on the verge of ousting
a dictator, more pressing items popped up on my search engine. Since
I’ve heard most of these questions bandied about in local gas stations
and check out lines and as my car radio scans the airwaves, here’s my
two cents on what Americans want to know, or at least what we think we
Did the United States women’s hockey team behave in
an unsportpersonlike manner after they lost the gold medal to Canada?
Oh, boo-hoo, they only came home with silver medals. Yes, I believe that
the USA dropped the puck on this one.
My friend Andy lives along
the coast of Lake Erie, close enough to Pelee Island that her family
picks up a Canadian television station, even without a dish. She says
that the Canadian coverage of the Olympics is low on commentary chit
chat. Instead, the media actually cover as many Olympic events as
possible. Not much airtime is devoted to panoramic shots of the athlete
of the moment as a commentator talks about their rise from the ashes, or
their recent jail time. The American media is more than capable of the
same. Let’s just pretend it’s all football.
Did NBC’s Christin
Cooper cross the line during her interview with Bode Miller? The
question came up not just in online chatting, but in a meeting here at
the office. It’s not easy deciding whether or not to post an article
and/or image that will undoubtedly cause someone pain. And if such a
piece does make the news, what will inflict the least amount?
my opinion, Cooper, and NBC, crossed the line in pushing Bode Miller to
an on-camera breakdown over the loss of his brother. Not only was it
yellow journalism, the viewing audience could have enjoyed ten minutes
of, say, women’s luge, one of several events that didn’t make the
Was it amazing that Mario Matt of Austria won the men’s
slalom in his dotage? On Saturday, 34-year-old Matt knocked a younger
teammate down to silver. A reporter asked him if he was surprised to
have won the gold at his age. Matt replied something along the lines of,
“I don’t understand the question.” Exactly. Female American swimmer
Dara Torres won gold at the age of 41. Next question.
that Johnny Weir? I loved Johnny Weir’s figure skating commentary. Not
only does the man know what he is talking about on the ice, his fashion
ensembles were so mesmerizing that I completely forgot about all the
annoying crawling script and flashing icons that accompany televised
news. Weir’s style is sort of Great Renaissance meets Adam Ant and Brian
It really doesn’t matter what I think of the Olympics.
At its finest, the Olympics remind us that we share this world with so
many other countries and cultures, most of which have learned to
understand and speak English while we Americans haven’t even mastered
our own language. At the very least, the two week event gives most of us
a chance to watch very fit athletes test their bodies to the breaking
point while we splash down in a comfy chair and eat chips. Maybe we’ll
give curling a try after the closing ceremonies.
I think I’ll go make a snow angel. I’m that motivated.