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February 14, 2010

The Olympics So Far...Thank goodness there is time to improve!

I am going to be totally open and write exactly what I think so far as I spend my weekend hoping things get better in Vancouver and area. I have been watching a lot of the coverage and the experience viewed from a far has been very poor. I hate to admit this, as I am super patriotic, but sometime we have to be brutally honest. I can't imagine that we have looked very good from the eyes of the rest of the world.

From the very boring opening ceremonies (only reason I kept watching was to see who would light the flame), terrible weather, tragedy on the luge course, broken ice surfacing machines for speed skating, the bad lip synching of the big musical guests at the ceremonies, the mechanical delay in lighting the indoor cauldron, the embarrassing ride of shame to get to the outdoor cauldron on the back of a pick up in the rain (Poor Gretz!), the idiot activists in Vancouver, the 18-0 womens hockey score, it has just been tough to say the games have been going as planned. I am sure there is more but this is just off the top of my head as I take a moment to blog.

Thankfully, our amazing athletes have performed well and keep me going back to watch more. I can only imagine the stress they are under and so far they have been trying their hearts out to perform to their bests. I know there is so much emphasis on medals but when you are putting in your top result against this level of competition, you have to feel they have done all they could to proudly represent themselves, their families and the country!

Let's cross our fingers for some better luck for the Olympics.


Syd Trefiak said...

Awfully cynical today Larry! As you've said most of this is luck. Bad luck. however, I believe the experience for the international's has been fantastic. Our main problem is that we are left with CTV to broadcast to us. They are terrible. Miss the CBC.

Bruce Bird said...

After so many people running the torch all over the country it was awful to see the Great One being driven in a pick-up truck. I did not realize at the time that it was because of a protest (the room I was in was noisy). I wondered what GMC had paid for that product placement.
How many Speed skating medals are given out; short track, long track, men's and womens? How many people compete at Speed skating? I think that you know where I'm going with this....How many Triathlon medals awarded?


I know it is always easy to be critical to those front and centre. I lived it for quite a number of years at my last job. I guess that is why I am so rough on the production out there. I went through the idea sessions, meetings, etc. of a few pretty big sporting events (nothing is a big as the Olympics) during those years and there is so much to consider but when you sign up for the task you must cover all your bases cause anything can and will happen. You just have to have a amazing contingency plan to make the cover up seemless.

and Bruce, I am with you...come on, he only lives a few towns away. HAHA

Thanks guys!