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February 17, 2010 - Seth Staskey
I am a huge Olympics fan. Doesn't matter to me if it's summer or winter, I love the idea of two solid weeks of basically amateur athletes putting it all on the line to win a medal while representing their country.
I am a bigger fan of the summer games as most Americans are it seems like, but the Winter games are impressive to me for the fact that it's made up of sports that you basically never see or even hear about any other time than the Olympic Games. However, the sports that make up the Winter Games -- outside of maybe curling -- are some of the most exciting and/or gut-wrenching sports. I mean to watch the snowboarders, lugers and skiers coming down their respective courses at top speeds is amazing. Those people are legitimate athletes to risk life and limb to do that.
Then you get into sports like hockey and figure skating and those sports are probably the main draws of the winter games. I am not a fan of the figure skaters' costumes because I'd like to see them wear uniforms of their respective countries, but it's an interesting thing to watch. Judged competition is tough because you really never know who's winning until the marks are revealed.
What makes this Olympic Games better than most is because it's on this continent, meaning the time difference isn't so drastic that most of the events are shown live. Leading me to my last point, I think NBC does an outstanding job with the broadcast. I think the lack of major time differences is why the ratings for this Olympics are up nationally. When I was a kid CBS used to do the Winter Games and most of it was sitting around and telling stories and whatnot, but NBC shows the competition with few sidebar stories.
Hopefully, the Americans can continue to perform well and rack up several more medals before the torch is extinguished in about a week and a half.
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