Mom has been watching the Winter Olympics every night, so I have been watching them with her. (Please don’t shun me!) We’ve watched a lot of Olympics together over the decades, so it has been nice to share these with her. I’m disappointed by NBC’s coverage during prime time, because it is so incomplete and the interviews are so over-the-line. I’m thinking especially of the interview where the correspondent made skier Bode Miller break down in tears after his bronze medal run. I’m also getting very tired of the commercials — they have run the same commercials for the entire two weeks of the event. You would think some of the advertisers would have swapped some of the old ones for new after a while.
The events have been fun to watch. I haven’t seen enough of the hockey, unfortunately. I have finally figured out the allure of the X-Games style skiing events; snowboards look like fun, and if I wasn’t middle-aged, overweight, and brittle I would consider trying it. I still don’t really like short-track speed skating, but long-track is OK. And we watched all of the figure skating. I still can’t tell a Lutz from a Selchow but I do know when they’re landed nicely.
They really should’ve considered holding them in a place that actually has winter. Never mind the political minefields; temperatures have sometimes been in the 50s (10–15°C) in Sochi, with rain. That ain’t winter.