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Old 02-24-2006, 10:39 AM   #1
 
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The Olympics have gone too far, and here are two examples of what I mean:

1. Skiing.* It's totally reasonable to say "Let's see who can ski down the mountain faster."* But this concept has been extended to absurdity.* Bode Miller reportedly travels with 30 pairs of skis, spending $8,000/trip to transport them, plus full time people to service them.*

2. Figure Skating.* Starts with the concept of "Let's see who can be graceful and do interesting things on skates."* Great idea.* Look at a movie of figure skating in the Olympics in the 30's and that's what you'll see.*

Now, however, it's all about the triple and quad jumps.* Everyone zones out until a jump comes, then they just watch to see if the skater "made the landing."* Plus, the skaters give up their childhood and skate 42 hours a day.

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Maybe I am just internally defective in some way, but I really fail to see the attraction of watching the Olympics on TV.
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I'd have watched more if it didn't conflict with American Idol. Now that is sport!

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Al - I saw on bloomberg this morning where the reporter finally admitted she only watches the skating to see if someone would fall, and the anchor in the newsroom said "thats a huge relief, I feel the same way...I thought I was the only one!".

I'll bet they're in the majority.
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I watch so I can see the skater's panties...
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Yeah, ever since Dorothy Hammil with that big booty and big panties
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I watch so I can see the skater's panties...*
Umm...some of the skaters are 15 years old!
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Yes, exactly! *In fact, I realized this a few years ago, and decided to learn to really enjoy the falls. * With the wife, you're going to have to watch ice skating, and that's the only way I can bear to watch it. *I have become a connoisseur of falls. *

What you want is a fall that makes the elegant graceful skater look like a real klutz. *This Olympics had a few perfect 10's, at least in the ice dancing. *

The gold medal went to ice dancing where the man was spinning the woman around like a centrifuge, and she slips off his arms, shoots out a few feet, and lands on her butt.

This narrowly beat out the silver medalist couple, in which the woman stumbles then falls, and the man falls on top of her.

Bronze went to the woman who landed on the ice like a frog.
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Umm...some of the skaters are 15 years old!*
You're right... Too old...
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admitted she only watches the skating to see if someone would fall, and the anchor in the newsroom said "thats a huge relief, I feel the same way...I thought I was the only one!"
So you're saying the audience for figure skating is materially no different from the audience for NASCAR?* * *Or is it just the TV idiots who are no different..

I'd say the latter.
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I saw Dorothy Hamil skate last week and she's still so beautiful and graceful on the ice. No fancy tricks or anything. At most she'll do a double axle, but you don't notice she only rotated twice because it's just executed so well.
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I'd have watched more if it didn't conflict with American Idol.* Now that is sport!

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Same here.* After having nothing but disdain for AI the last 3-4 years, I watched one audition show and was suddenly hooked.* Is anyone else going to admit it??

We watched Olympics and AI simultaneously with the PIP feature - the actual action over a full hour was about 3-4 minutes on each show.
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I really enjoy the Olympics, and see it as an opportunity for countries to come together amicably.

>How much money should be spent on our top skiiers? Do you want us to win?

>I thought all that mattered was the jumps too until I watched Sasha Cohen fall twice, and come away with a Silver. Clearly, I was mistaken.
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Went to bed before the Russian skater; if Cohen got silver, the Russian must've been REALLY bad...

The Japanese skater who got gold was head, shoulders, and panties above the rest, IMHO...* 8)
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I have never understood why the skaters have such trouble with the jumps.* Can you imagine Bill Parcells coaching an ice skater.* She would jump 14 hours a day, until it was extremely routine and no big deal.* They've all got the ability to do it, but they lack the mental confidence.* If you must do something to win, then "just do it."*

BTW:* I annoy DW, who loves to watch ice skating, by telling her it's just a bunch of dirty old men who make the sport so popular. Does anybody watch the men skaters? * Now I'm going to say something really, really, naughty:* "triple toe loop".* There, put that in your double axle.
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"There, put that in your double axle."

Was that a reference to the male skaters? Not that it matters.

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We watch it. *You've got to record it so you can skip the boring stuff. *

The auditions are scary, because they show that someone can be completely wrong when assessing their abilities. * So, as a musician you wonder whether you are fooling yourself. *
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My biggest complaint about the Olympics is that it messes with the tv schedule. I miss Earl!
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I admit to watching AI, Survivor, and Amazing Race. I'm an addict, but there are worse vices in life.
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The Olympics have gone too far, and here are two examples of what I mean:
1. Skiing. It's totally reasonable to say "Let's see who can ski down the mountain faster." But this concept has been extended to absurdity. Bode Miller reportedly travels with 30 pairs of skis, spending $8,000/trip to transport them, plus full time people to service them.
2. Figure Skating. Starts with the concept of "Let's see who can be graceful and do interesting things on skates." Great idea. Look at a movie of figure skating in the Olympics in the 30's and that's what you'll see.
Now, however, it's all about the triple and quad jumps. Everyone zones out until a jump comes, then they just watch to see if the skater "made the landing." Plus, the skaters give up their childhood and skate 42 hours a day.
I agree with your premise. But think about it humans always think better is better (if one pill is good 2 pills must be better) look at women's breast implants (and I like to); a C cup is just about right to me. They look good and you can still do things not only on the horizontal but the vertical - meaning you can go outside and do things. But what do we see more and more of? DD; DDD; DDDD; F; FF; FFF;FFF and BIIIGGGGEEEERRRRR
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