I didn't watch any of the coverage this year. I did watch some of the coverage of the winter olympics 4 years ago. Back then I enjoyed some of the individual performances of athletes from different countries.
What's missing for me is the competition the American teams had years ago. While this may not make much sense, I used to love watching the winter olympics simply because the US had very little chance at winning. When the US did win, it made the win all the sweeter.
Back in the 'olden' days there would be news pieces about how the Germans or the Russians or whatever country had training facilities supported by the government of their respective country's. The American athletes were at a distinct disadvantage because they were very definitely amateurs and had to rely on using (as an example) the local skating rink or local coaches, etc. Even though you kind of knew the American's were going to lose it still was great fun to watch what we could do given what we had to work with as far as training went. On the rare occasion the US would win it would be a really big deal because we didn't have the fancy training facilities or the specialized coaches, etc.
Yeah, I know, I'm weird.
posted on 03/07/2006 7:05:06 PM PST
(Native Texan now in SW Ok.)
Then I guess we're both weird.... I hate the "businessification" of the Olympics.
posted on 03/08/2006 6:45:34 AM PST
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