I must say, I’ve found myself watching more and more Winter Olympics these part couple of years. The PR is great; partly, I’m sure, due to the face NBC spend over $800 Million to have exclusive rights to show the different events. First I’d like for us not to forget Nodar Kumaritashvili and how precious life is. The untimely and most unfortunate passing of Nodar was not swept under the rug or turned a blindside to. I was reminded of the tragedy and I felt there was an appropriate amount of televised mourning.
Upsettingly, I missed the opening celebration of the Olympics, which I heard was amazing. Countries spend and amass fortunes from the competition and as I understand it, Canada spared no expense to thrill the audience will a visually stunning introduction to the Winter Olympics.
The events were as to be expecting… uhMAZING. The luge gained a lot of attention because of the incident but I believe it was actually more for the actual action and exhilaration the sports entails. To have a human body travel that fast down a basic ice half-pipe… There’s something to be said about it, even when it’s done successfully.
The Olympics ended in fairytale fashion. the hockey game between the US and Canada was a game that made me say “hold on, this is hockey?! Hmmm…”. The game literally went down to the wire. There was plenty of action from beginning to end. My friend Pete, a die hard hockey fan, told me this was basically what the All-Start game would look like. The game was tied in the last :24 and went into overtime. Canada ended up winning with a winning goal by NHL all-star player Sydney Crosby. It was quite the game and quite the coverage.
I appreciated the Olympic Twitter account and how easy it was to get results and event schedule. There was plenty to watch and NBC made sure those who desired to were not let down. Great job.