Monday, February 27, 2006

Closing Ceremonies

Could the costumes have been uglier? Really…who is in charge of the dress code? I watched the last day of the Olympics and, to be honest, I am glad it is over. Usually I enjoy the Winter Olympics, but this year was a disappointment all around. Arrogant athletes who did not perform as expected, examples of poor sportsmanship, rowdy behavior in the host town. I would give a D- to the US teams who “blew out” and came home empty handed.

During the Opening Ceremonies, many of the US athletes were mugging for the cameras and acting like they were in a college homecoming parade. This “attitude” continued to be displayed during the entire two weeks, with team members “dissing” the medals (the ones they did NOT win), putting down their co-participants, and…literally…falling down on the job.

Does anyone else think it is a little obsessive to work 10-12 hours a day, 365 days a year, for four years to participate for four minutes in the Olympics? The only participant who seemed to enjoy himself was the “Flying Tomato” who did display a zest for the sport and for living.

Now what? Out here in the Pacific Northwest, Spring is still elusive, but should arrive soon. The outdoors beckons and we will get away from the TV watching anyway. That is…unless you are hooked on Survivor!


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