Is it possible in 2014 to avoid the results of one of the most popular Olympic events, especially if you’re in a time zone 13 hours behind?
Anyway, for the ladies’ free skate, I thought I’d do something different. Let’s play a game!
Before we get started, I just need to mention that it is so wrong that the men’s event is known as the men’s event, while the women’s is known as the ladies’, considering that there is a female equivalent to men’s. I mean, if you’re going to be all old-fashioned about it, be consistent about it for both sexes (e.g., Wimbledon, which refers to the players as ladies and gentlemen).
So unto the short program…
Bob Costas is back! His eyes look so much better, and he even thanked the audience for their concern. You’re welcome, Bob! My friend N had a theory that Bob was actually dead, so it was nice to see him in the flesh (sort of). Hope he’s feeling 100% better.
Happy Presidents Day! I was thrilled to sleep in, nurse a cup of coffee at home, and catch some daytime coverage for once…
What the heck happened last night? Was it the men’s free skate, or was gravity just extra gravitational with everyone?
Still, it was an interesting night for figure skating (and the evening in general was notable, with Meredith Vieira becoming the first woman to ever anchor the primetime coverage solo)…
Boo. I was really looking forward to the men’s short and long programs, ever since finding out the incredulous news that Evgeni Plushenko would be competing in his fourth Olympic Games. Earlier this week, he seemed to be his usual kick-ass self on his way to help Russia win gold in the team figure-skating event.
Alas, today was different…
This is a little delayed, but I definitely wanted to comment on yesterday’s pairs event.
Okay, so let’s be real: The U.S. was never going to medal in pairs figure skating this year. So I felt really happy for Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, who won the gold medal for Russia on home ice with an audience full of adoring cheers.
Pretty much as soon as the routine was over, it was like these two just crumpled with relief that they managed to skate a fairly clean program (Tatiana once touched down on the ice). Maxim said, “We were at home. We have no right to make a mistake. It was our obligation to bring gold back to Russia. The whole country was expecting that.”
Yikes. I would not have wanted to be in that position.
Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, also of Russia, won silver, and once it was confirmed that the Germans had secured the bronze again (a gift, frankly), Tatiana ran up to Ksenia and their coach, and they all embraced joyfully. It was actually really heartwarming. They seemed like another team to be seriously thrilled about winning silver.
And congratulations to Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, who fulfilled their goal of finishing in the top 10.
But they’re a little boring, so I’m posting a photo of Simon’s dad, Boris, instead.
Sigh. I’m tired. So much to do with Olympics primetime viewing each night, and that’s like a fraction of what is possible to watch. Almost easier in the dark days when there were no live feeds of anything.
And come back, Bob! We miss you.
Tonight, we were treated to Matt Lauer in primetime, which is always kind of strange. Bob Costas discussed his increasing discomfort with the Times, which also noted the this absence ends his anchoring streak of 157 consecutive Olympic primetime broadcasts for NBC, going back to the Summer Games in Barcelona in 1992. Wow.
So I know the big story was Shaun White, I wanted to touch upon something weird that I noticed:
Woo, congrats to the Americans who won bronze in the figure-skating team event (even if it may be shadowed by scandal, which has been called “categorically false” by U.S. Figure Skating). I guess it was a little anticlimactic by the later stages, considering that the Russians had such a lead over everybody else, but I highly enjoyed this competition all the same (especially seeing all the dynamics among teammates).
But some other stuff before we get to figure skating…
More team figure skating yesterday!
The funny thing is that in the morning, the events were shown on NBC Sports Network with Tara Lipinski (about whom I still have many complicated emotions) and Johnny Weir commentating. I wasn’t really watching, though, because my Olympics viewer-in-crime, N, and I were busy being social with weirdos who didn’t care about the Games (a.k.a. almost everybody else in the country). But in primetime on NBC, it was Scott Hamilton and Sandra Bezic, as usual.
So…I don’t understand how or why there are Olympic events being televised before the opening ceremony. What is happening? I haven’t been on top of these Games, but tonight’s programming (especially figure skating, duh) already has me pretty pumped for the next two weeks…