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Skating Wars

As I’ve indicated I really enjoy watching the Olympics.  So I’ve been following the figure skating spat that has arisen.  Last night I watched Evan Lysachek give the most elegant, diplomatic and nuanced response to an interviewer last night.

Plushenko, the Russian who won the gold last time in Torino, and won a silver at these games has been giving snarky interviews to anyone who will listen which basically amounts to — “I did a quadruple jump so I should have won even though overall I wasn’t as good as the other guy.”

As is the wont with modern journalists they are trying to get a fight started, and Lysachek was having none of it.  He was so gracious talking about how Plushenko was an inspiration to him, how well his rival skated, how for him it was about attaining his personal goals, etc.

All I could think while watching this was — “Quick, Hillary, hire him for the State Department.”

I watched the Super G while making dinner, and these men are crazy.  They appeared to be skiing on ice, going 70 miles an hour, and occasionally flying through the air for hundreds of feet.

I tried to watch the ice dancing, but it was really boring.  More so because they were doing a compulsory dance.  I don’t particularly enjoy the women’s figure skating either.  As with gymnastics I like to watch really fit, handsome men in tight outfits performing feats of strength and agility.  Yes, I like boys.

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