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February 21, 2006

Olympic Thoughts

Since I haven’t done much running over the past couple of days, I thought I’d jot down some random thoughts while watching the Winter Games recently…

My favorite person on the United States team so far: the men’s ski team coach that stands in the start house, shouting at the skiers in a husky baritone voice to fire them up before the start of a race. They’ve never shown this guy’s face on camera, but I’d love to have him behind me at the start line of a marathon: “Come on, Donald! Kill this race, Donald! This is your road, Donald! It’s your time now Donald!” On second thought, maybe that would be a bad idea – I’d probably run a sub-five opening mile.

If Tanith Belbin was Mexican, do you think she would have breezed through the naturalization process so quickly? Or do we have some sort of loophole that provides an express lane citizenship for hotties?

OK, so I’m kind of new to ice dancing – I’ve really only been watching since I learned about Tanith – but are there always more crashes in ice dancing than in ski jumping? How exactly does that happen? Maybe I’ve been watching the wrong sport all this time.

Note to Gillette: Do I really need a razor with five blades? I bought into the whole Mach 3 mania a couple of years ago – has razor technology advanced so far that my current blades are now obsolete? Even Steve Jobs doesn’t roll out new models this frequently. How far is this trend going to progress before we reach an end point? Seven blades? 10? 14? Just give me a number so I’ll know when we get there.

I like snowboardcross – it’s a great idea having several racers on the same course. Can we do this with figure skating also? Let’s make everyone do their routines at the same time. Start with groups of six, allow full contact amongst skaters, and the last two skaters to avoid falling advance to the next round – like demolition derby on ice. Wouldn’t you love to see Sasha Cohen try to chest bump Irina Slutskaya? The whole thing could look like The Matrix with skaters doing twirling jumps and kicking each other in the air. You think people wouldn’t watch this?

Back to ice dancing: a French couple skated to Les Miserables, but their music sounded a little strange…apparently they make a version with French lyrics. Who knew?

Actual remark from the female NBC commentator: “Once you get nervous, the twizzles are the first thing to fall apart.” Um,…OK. Whatever.

Is it bob-sled, or bob-sleigh? It seems like they spell it one way, and pronounce it the other. And what’s the benefit of being the brakeman in a 2-man sleigh/sled? Their names are seldom mentioned by the commentators, their namesake skill isn’t utilized until the race is over, and they have to keep their head tucked down for the whole run, so they can’t even enjoy the ride.

Finally…would it kill NBC to air these shows an hour earlier, so I don’t have to stay up until midnight to watch everything? What’s wrong with starting at 7:00pm instead of 8:00? Is there really a larger market in the hour from 11pm-midnight than from 7-8pm? Is it that important to keep Wheel of Fortune in its time slot for two measly weeks? If it weren’t for the Internet, I’d have no idea who won anything.

On that note…it’s very likely that I may disappear for a few days, as I’m going out of town to a conference in Orlando, Florida. I’m planning to try the whole remote blogging deal, but I’ve never done it before and I historically have a slow learning curve with things like this. So if you don’t hear from me soon, you’ll hear from me later.

And if things go really well for me, maybe I’ll have some actual running to write about.


angie's pink fuzzy 2/21/06, 11:47 AM  

They do have full-body contact ice dancing/skating - it's the warm-up! Have you ever watched it? Six pairs or six people out on the ice at one time, warming up for their program, and trying not to kill each other. It's fun to watch - sometimes they try to intimidate each other. Ice skating with fangs :)

backofpack 2/21/06, 12:46 PM  

I haven't seen much of the Olympics at all...random bits here and there. Between you and Angie, I'm starting to think I'm missing out!

Have a great, warm, fun time in Orlando! Happy running.

robtherunner 2/21/06, 7:05 PM  

I like the ice skating idea. Any time you can have full body contact that includes two women it is a good thing. Alright I'll get my mind out of the gutter.

And to answer your question, Yes, you know my epic goal, but still have not decided on the starting point, which will affect the total distance.

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