During the Olympics, there was a commercial narrated by Morgan Freeman of the speed skater Dan Jansen skating a victory lap with his baby daughter after winning a gold medal in 1990. So I was wondering… Babies cry once in a while, so how is it that we never see people doing victory laps with a screaming baby who all of a sudden melts down? Is there video of that somewhere?
I think this might be my last Olympics post for a while. I like the idea of people chanting “EARTH!EARTH!EARTH!” at the intergalactic Olympics in 2160.
I’ve got nothing but anecdotal evidence, but curling is going viral. What looks like a combination of bocce and bowling ON ICE is sweeping the nation. The Tweets, Facebook status updates, the demands that curling be put on the TV at bars on Friday and Saturday night? This is EXACTLY what soccer wants out of the World Cup/Olympics every couple years. What’s causing it this year? I mean, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen curling.
Someone is going to open a curling bar in Brooklyn in the next year. Mark it, dude.
I hadn’t realized that there was no women’s ski jump in the Olympics. That seems dumb to me, not because my wife kicks my ass at Wii Ski Jumping, which she does, but because this is 2010. The Time article mentions that they’re doing Ski Cross this year, which is like motorcross on skis, and we all certainly remember the abomination that was Ski Ballet, don’t we?
In 2005, Gian Franco Kasper, FIS president and a member of the IOC, said that he didn’t think women should ski jump because the sport “seems not to be appropriate for ladies from a medical point of view.”
I’m not breaking any new ground by calling the IOC a stupid organization, but they are. They are very stupid.
For what it’s worth, the world’s longest ski jumps.