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Friday, February 17, 2006

Okay, I have to admit it. I canít watch any more sliding on ice. No luge, no bobsled, no skeleton. Thanks, but Iíll pass. Iíll watch the figure skaters but Iíve gone as far as I can go with the speed skaters. If youíll save me from the fourteenth-place Americans and just let me watch the Austrians and Swiss, Iíll still take in a little skiing down mountains. Cross country? No thanks.

How about that? Iíve dismissed the efforts of about two-thirds of the worldís Olympic athletes, and itís only been a week since the opening ceremony. Whatever I miss now, Iíll have to wait four years to see again. Itís not as if winter sports are readily available to a U.S. audience. And frankly, itís not as if Iíd watch it, even if it were, at least not with the same dedication I watch baseball and NASCAR.

Curling, now, thatís another matter. Weíre getting at least six hours a day of full curling coverage, something weíve never had before. If they would only keep it up after the Olympics, Iíd gladly watch Saturday afternoon curling all year round. Iím soaking it up during these two weeks because I know thatís not going to happen. I know it will be 2010 before I get to see this much curling on U.S. TV again. Itís sad, but itís true.




17 February 2006

Even a dark winter day can end with a promise.



Once the Olympic games are over, Iíll be sorry I took such a cavalier attitude. Iíll wish Iíd watched more of the womenís combined slalom and the compulsory ice dancing. But not more skeleton, I think. Probably not, because unless somebody skids face first into a wall, it all looks pretty much the same to me.




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The U.S. womenís hockey teamís shootout loss to Sweden today deprives us of the most anticipated match of the games, between the U.S. and Canada for the gold. But in the long run itís probably a good thing for international womenís hockey, to get more nations into the top level. The Swedes did not expect to be playing for a gold medal, at least not this year. But thatís what will be on the line in their next game, because of the come-from-behind effort they put forth against a heavily favored team today. They will have to settle for the silver, because Team Canada is playing as well as expected (beating Finland, 6-0, in the other semifinal).

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