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

The Second Week...

Sigh. I had great intentions of posting every day about the Olympics, as much as for my own recollection and reflection later as anything.

Oh, and Bob Costas? Saying that everyone was talking about Tanya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan twenty years ago... No, you're STILL talking about it right now AND just threatened to cudgel us with it tomorrow night as well. This is 2014. It's the Sochi Games. Give. It. A. Rest. I'll be taking a nap at 7pm Sunday and miss the circus.

Ahem. Where was I?

Ah, the glory and excitement and drama of THIS Winter Olympics. Figure skating. Bobsled. Biathlon. Giant slalom. Slalom. Cross-country. Team speed skating. Short and long track speed skating. Curling. Hockey. Parallel snowboarding. More difficult skiing and snowboarding. Too much to keep track of without notes. (grin)

The American women's hockey team seemed disappointed to take the silver against a great Canadian team - four straight gold medals for Our Neighbors To The North. The American men today seemed deflated after losing to Canada and they played like it. I caught the live feed of the Bronze medal game at the beginning of the second period -- it was scoreless. Eventual Suomi got a goal. Bronze medal not good enough? Don't worry, the Americans played like they were kicking their cat and next thing you know it's 2-0 Finland. USA finally got skunked 5-0.

Sounds like it's traditional for the set of the second slalom run to be faster. Instead they got diabolical technical and a number of skiers wiped out. This is the Olympics, guys.

The 2-man bobsleds were fun. It's a great sliding venue. But is it strange that after so many years I miss the East Germans? (grin) Then today was the first two runs of the 4-man bobsleds. After the two-man, the fours are monsters. Huge. Fast. Yikes! Canada-3 wipes out, they roll the sled on a turn. Only the second crash after 700 practise and competition runs -- this is a safe track. Fortunately all four got out and were standing at the end of the track.

Team Canada took the women's curling gold over Sweden. Great match. Eve Muirhead's Scottish British team won the bronze with a last shot that glided nearly perfectly onto the button. Through the random draw of the NBC coverage, I saw far more of the women's curling than the men. That worked out because I could follow their tournament much better. I think Scotland GBR took the men's gold? Haven't even looked at the BBC app in a couple of days. Work, you know.

Much, much more.

It's the Olympics. I can let it flow over me and root for everyone. Medals are not preordained, they are earned. And so many competitors seem genuinely happy for each other's successes.

The Olympics are hard. One shot every four years. And one more day to go...

Dr. Phil

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