They Didn't Ask Me (dr_phil_physics) wrote,
They Didn't Ask Me
dr_phil_physics

Hero To Goat

More sure winners, top athletes and return gold medalists... fail. Sure, there's more kvetching about the ice, the snow, the halfpipe. There always is. But the winners are still setting Olympic records and topping the competition. You can't always win them all.

Defending gold medalist American Shani Davis started fast in his speed skate, but slowed and slowed, finishing out of the medals in the men's 1500 m. The gold went to the Dutch. I guess Shani still has the 5000 m, which he has silvered in before.

Women's downhill, timed to within the hundredth of a second -- tied for gold. Switzerland and Slovakia, maybe? And the Russians came back to claim 13 of the last 14 pairs figure skating gold medals, "avenging" the loss in Vancouver.

Of course my heart is broken. Eve Muirhead's Scottish curling team, which crushed the Americans on Tuesday, lost to Canada on Wednesday. The American women are 0-4. However the American men won, so all hope is not lost.

An American women won luge. Then they commented we would see her in the team relay new event starting tomorrow. Team Relay LUGE? Now surely there's a logical explanation for this event, but we couldn't resist thinking of the options of a luge relay...

-- One luge goes down and the next on the team goes as soon as the previous finishes?

-- Two luges go down at the same time? Drafting? One guy's boots on the other's helmet?

-- Or maybe it's like pursuit cycling and one luge has to pass the other. One goes high and one goes low in an 85 mph curve?

-- Do they pass a baton?

-- Or form a centipede-like train of multiple luges down the track?

Alas, it will be none of these. Thank goodness.

And in case you were wondering...
The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games (French: Les XXIIIes Jeux olympiques d'hiver), is a winter multi-sport event scheduled to take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, between 9 and 25 February 2018.
You're welcome.

More anon.

Dr. Phil
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