It’s the Olympics baby!!
We’re celebrating the opening ceremonies tonight with chicken Kiev for dinner. Competition started last night though. Which means my commentary starts today.
When my brother travels internationally (which is often), I ask him to bring me back a shawl or a flute. If he ever goes to Russia though, I want a matryoshka doll. I’ve wanted an authentic one of those since I was in elementary school.
The broadcast started last night with women’s slopestyle snowboarding, where the commentators revealed their northern hemisphere centric attitudes with this comment, “She spends her winters in Salt Lake City, Utah, and her summers in New Zealand…” Um, if she’s doing that she doesn’t have a summer. Instead she’s arranged it so she has winter year round to help her train. It’s winter in Utah the exact same time it’s summer in New Zealand. Which means that the commentator was saying she spends half the year existing in two places at once and the other half of the year not existing.
I understand that figure skating is one of the most popular events at the winter Olympics. But I’m not sure what I think of the team competition thing. It seems like just another way to make sure I don’t see any curling on the normal broadcast. The team competition in gymnastics makes more sense if only because it’s been part of the sport from the beginning and the team members each do more than one event.
Moguls still make my knees hurt to watch them. And that’s even when they don’t fall.