Saturday, February 13, 2010

Winter Olympics in Brief

Positive note: Not as gaudy as the Chinese, yet for me the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver were simply magnifique! Sure, there was a mechanical glitch in the end, when one of the cauldron decorative beams didn't cooperate, but the Great One's facial expressions as the torch bearers sweated it out more than made up for it. The Canadians are among the world's most simpatico people, and they put on a great show. My pick for best moment: K.D. Lang singing Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen. Beautiful.

Tragic note: Death on the course of the young luge athlete from Georgia. The claim by Olympic officials that it was “human error” does not compute. There were grumblings from the competitors that the track was too fast, the fastest in the world, and its configuration raised safety concerns. Wipeouts are part of this type of event; deaths are not. After the luger's death, adjustments were made to the track lowering speeds. I have a feeling this story is far from over.

Sour note: Is it just me, or is the IOC, from Jacques Rogge to Samaranch to the rest of those sexist, elitist dinosaurs, the most obnoxious sports governing body ever? I thought FIFA was bad, but these guys take the cake.

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