NBC's horrible coverage aside, I'm really enjoying the Winter Olympics. At first I was a little disappointed, wishing I was watching the Summer Games instead, but darn it if those crazy Scandinavian athletes didn't win me over.
My favorite event so far? Gotta be the moguls. Seeing those knees bounce up and down so violently sends a twinge of pain down my spine, but there's something cool about combining speed with tricks with big mounds of snow.
My favorite athletes are everyone's favorites: Shawn White, Lindsay Vonn, Shani Jones, Apolo Ohno and Emil Hegle Svendson, the renegade Norwegian Biathlete. I know it's not very original, but what can I say? I guess NBC has done a good job marketing these athletes.
One thing I just haven't been able to get into, though, is figure skating. I'm giving it the old college try, but my experience hasn't been too positive so far. I always end up fantasizing about spectacular crashes and supple Russian bodies colliding with the wall. It's the only thing that keeps me going. But I will admit: I'd like to see Evan Lysacek take home the gold.
But Scott Hamilton, relax a little. Every time someone slips up he acts like the Pope is having a seizure.
A few more thoughts:
*I watch the Olympics for one reason and one reason only: Complete US domination. If the mighty Americans won't absolutely destroy the competition, I don't want to watch it. How's that for nationalism?
*How heartbreaking is the Lindsey Jacobellis story? After her embarrassing fall in Torino, she failed to qualify for the snowboard cross finals when she hit a course gate. Poor girl. I hope she can come back in four years.
*Am I the only one that can't stand the South Korean short track team? Apollo Ohno needs to lay a whoopin' on their kimchi-loving backsides.
Keep it up, Olympics. You totally have my attention for the next two weeks, and your oft-overlooked sports are finally going to get some face time with the general public. Don't screw the pooch.