I love the Olympics. Always have and likely always will. Forget my weekend social media hiatus, I’ll no doubt be online all weekend taking it all in. Every 2 years, I don’t care if it’s the Summer or Winter Games, I’m all in. I become a fan of curling and watch track and field like it’s my job.
The North American coverage of Sochi (or, as some may refer to it, @sochiproblems) has an air of schadenfreude to it. It’s like we’re holding our collective breath and hoping for failure. But if I recall correctly, Vancouver 2010 had a heavy dose of the same scepticism in 2010 before the world got all dazzled.
I won’t deny that there are numerous problems in Russia. I have good friends on the ground over there who will attest to it. I also have friends telling me that they’ve met some wonderful people and that their experience couldn’t be better, so far.
I’m not going to comment on something I don’t have first hand knowledge of. But you know what I can comment on? The commentary. Because really, I’ll be hearing lots of it with all my planned TV watching.
A fine sampling:
“If he’s going to go for first as he has in the past, he’s going to have to rely on his skating”.
-Kurt Browning, commenting on Patrick Chan’s short program skate.
Wow. I was hoping the brownies he’s baked for the judges would push him over the top.
Let the Games begin!