Okay I was sooo excited during the Opening Ceremonies.. but as the Olympics went on.. I lost my faith in the games.
I just don't have faith in the Olympic games anymore..It is just like everything else now so darn politcal. By no means am I not aware of the past politics.. but this year I sensed greed and politics this year. In my opinion this Winter was all about controversy.. I was quite sick from it all by the time Closing Ceremonies occured.
I hope in the future I can get my faith for the Olympic games back.. but right now.. a little bit of excitement for the Olympics has diminished. Maybe I just need another two year break.. but for right now.. THANK GOD THE "GAMES" ARE OVER!!!!
Feb 26th, 2002, 02:22 PM
I know how you feel, Dawn. But try to remember how hard to athletes work to even just make an Olympic team.
I didn't like how the Olympic hockey was handled. And that's the NHL's fault. They should have shortened the NHL schedule this year, and given the players more time to practice and prepare for Olympic hockey. Everything was done in a rush. And that was wrong.
Dawn, how did you like NBC's coverage? Fair? Or was it too American?
Feb 26th, 2002, 02:36 PM
The cat, I do think that Olympic hockey was one of a few true highlights of ..
oh, well, didn't I promise not to talk about Olympics anymore?
Feb 26th, 2002, 03:32 PM
the cat - I agree with ys on the hockey - I don't really see how else they could have done it.
Shortening the NHL schedule, means less paying customers in seats during the regular season - the NHL wouldn't go for that.
The round robin event provided teams with the opportunity to get warmed up before the elimination round.
Sure it wasn't perfect - but it was certaintly handled as well as it could have been, IMO.
Feb 26th, 2002, 04:19 PM
Becca, what are they going to do in 4 years, when they have to go to Italy for the Olympics. Fly one day, and play the next? That will only cause more injuries. I hope we've seen the last of the NHL and Olympic hockey. As a hockey fan, the NHL comes first.
The quality of the Olympic hockey is overrated, IMO. The best hockey I've ever seen was the great Canada Cup series many years ago. At least then the different countries had time for a training camp and proper preperation. And that led to great hockey. Something the Olympics strived for but failed to deliver. I mean, the gold medal game was a good game. But that's it. it certainly wasn't great.
Feb 26th, 2002, 04:20 PM
the cat - if the USA had won both the mens and the womens, would you feel any differently on the matter?
I'm not trying to be a smart ass with - but seriously - if you guys had won like we did, do you think you'd feel differently?
Cause I'm willing to admit that its likely effecting my opinion.
Granted, before the games even started I argued that NHL players should be welcomed into the Olympics.
Feb 26th, 2002, 06:12 PM
Cat, I think NBC sucked!! It was way... too American. I would have liked a bit more diversity with the commentationg and to see Bob Costas up in the booth was laughable. Katie Couric was drab and they both sucked .. and were looking foolish. Bob Costas really irked my nerve these two weeks.. he had no businees being the commentator at all. His mouth didn't work the way it should have.
By the way.. America needs to wake up.. and quit being so arrogant. I can see how other countries don't like America. But of course I would live no other place.. except Canada maybe.:)
Feb 26th, 2002, 08:50 PM
LOL at Dawn! Let's all move to Canada! I wonder how Becca would take it? Everbody likes Canada, so why not!
Becca, me thinks you think I'm pulling your leg about my not wanting the NHL to be in the Winter Olympics. But I'm not. And get rid of the NBA in the Olympics, too.
Becca, you seem to think I base my decisions on whether the America teams win or not. That has nothing to do with it. If America won both gold medals in hockey, I would have been pleased. But not thrilled. I would rather have the New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup than have America win hockey gold.
Nothing can ever top the "Miracle On Ice" of the 1980 Winter Olympics. The NHL is about teams. The Olympics are about countries. And that's why Olympic hockey is more popular than NHL hockey.
If you want pro's playing and participating in the Olympics, maybe professional figure skaters should go for gold, too. it would have been interesting seeing Ilia Kulik (1998 gold medalist) battle it out with his Russian countrymen Alexei Yagidin and Yevgeny Pluschenko. Or to see Peggy Fleming battle it out with Sarah Hughes (wink wink!).
Mar 3rd, 2002, 06:17 PM
in Michelle Kwan. She is a true champion to me always in figure skating, Olympic gold or no Olympic gold.
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