JEN: Gaah, this is terrible music. Why do people choose frantic music like this? Everyone has crappy music.
Fast, loud, orchestral fanfare-y music plays.
SEAN: Yeah, you're never going to be able to keep up with that. You're just going to look like you're not doing anything.
JEN: Exactly. Exactly!!! Where's my computer?
My worst nightmare has come true. Bob Costas is out and Matt Lauer is IN?? What's going to happen now! Everything's going to fall apart! No one will be able to make sense of anything. Everyone will just be bumbling in interviews, crying, confused. If not everyone, then just Matt. [I wrote this a while ago but it's still worth mentioning. An olympic first??]
The consensus on this olympic event I seem to be gathering is that people are not a fan. They prefer figure skating. But I've been watching it a bit here and there and I have to say, I don't see the problem. In fact, I feel like it's more suited to being on skates, what skating ought to be. For pairs, anyway. You're on ice doing twirls and spins wearing ruffles and sequins. Of course it should be dancing! Also, as far as I know, a term/skill is used in ice dancing that isn't so much in figure skating and it's awesome and wondrous. I think I am loving living in a world where "twizzle" is used as a technique, an important one, taken very seriously. "Nice twizzles!" says the commentator. And I'm just beaming.
I also think I love living in a world where there's ice dancing rivalry. That's a sports rivalry I can get behind. Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir vs. USA's Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
*loud menacing commentator voice*
"Two rivals for a decade. WHO'S going to come out on TOP? Both training under the SAME. COACH. Where does that coach's allegiance LIE?"
Meryl and Charlie took gold yesterday with Tessa and Scott having to settle for silver. Both skated well but I think Meryl and Charlie pulled it out largely due to their perfect twizzles. To learn more about twizzles, watch this awesome video.
Something I am noticing is there needs to be a specific order of the events, particularly when it comes to televising them all to us. A lot of the events are very similar. Some of them seem to be separated only by a few variables. Perhaps it's snowboring---OMG, best Freudian slip EVER!! Ha HA! Well what i was going to say was perhaps it's snowboarding with jumps instead of the halfpipe or whatever (I really am not at all sure what all the events are). And my freudian slip brings me to my next point. I don't even think snowb-o-a-r-ding (wow, why is it so hard for me to type it the real way??) is that boring but compare it to the same event but with skis and skis are way better. The jumps are better, higher, look more complex, and just look cooler. Sorry, snowboard. That said, they did it right with this one. Snowboarding came first. I was impressed until i saw the same kinds of events with skis and then i was like, snowwwboorrrriiing. (i have to use that as many times as possible. not only is it a freudian slip, it's word play which I l-o-v-e.)
Here's a real example though:
Everyone loves bobsledding. Who doesn't love bobsledding? Well, when it comes after the bullet speed, death-defying luge and skeleton it's like, what is this enormous, clumsy, rickety old sled-beast? That after the skeleton on the tiny boogie board sled, looks like you're moving in a slow-mo armored car. Compared to the others, it looks a bit lackluster, like we've taken steps back. Slower, less terrifying, unnecessarily safe, boring. The point is, who's choreographing these events for the televised aspect? What about US, at HOME, on our COUCHES, eating ICE CREAM CONES. I think I will volunteer for the job.
Those are basically my only olympic thoughts right now (that I'm willing to share). This weekend we're going on our winter trip to someplace super far and exotic. Stay tuned, unless I don't choose to blog about it. Then stay wondering forever and ever.