A few commentators last night have pointed out that it's been 20 years since the '94 Games in Lillehammer. TWENTY YEARS?!?!? How is that even possible? Some of the athletes competing in this Olympics weren't even BORN yet. Gosh, I feel old.
In the Opening Ceremonies last night, I was pleased to hear the Polovtsian Dances by Borodin (not Boromir).
I made a facetious comment last night about Russia's national anthem, but I went back to my Vancouver highlights DVD and timed how long it took them to perform it during the closing ceremony. It took four minutes. By contrast, even taking some metrical liberties, it only takes about a minute and a half to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner." [*](Well, the first verse of it, which is usually all we use.) I wonder if this is some kind of power play, if they purposely mean to keep the rest of us standing around with nothing to do except to think about how great they are. If so, that's all the more reason to try to beat them.
I don't want Russia to win the men's hockey gold, but I also don't want the US to win it. It's nothing against the team or the athletes; it's just that US hockey fans [are]tend to be jerks.
Per Bob Costas' interview with President Obama last night, I found out that the president audaciously (and awesomely) appointed openly gay athletes to the delegation representing the US at the Games. But what was interesting to me is that the athletes they specifically mentioned by name were Billie Jean King [*](who was ultimately unable to attend because of a family emergency) and Brian Boitano. Now, while I have had suspicions about Brian Boitano for some time, I wasn't aware that he had openly come out. So I had a moment of, "Whoa, did Bob Costas just out Brian Boitano on national television?" Doing further research, I found out that Boitano has come out publicly but only after he'd been appointed to the Olympic delegation. Which means that the administration was a little bit presumputuous in appointing him, but given his Olympic history he was certainly worthy of the appointment regardless, and he's been embracing the dual ambassadorship role in fine fashion. I've always been proud of him, but now even more so.
I'm really looking forward to the ice dancing competition. I predict that Davis and White are finally going bring home gold for the US this year. But even more exciting, traditionally Russia has been the dominant force in Olympic ice dance, but this year North America has an excellent chance of sweeping the podium right out from under them. Canada, the US, and Russia each have three ice dance teams competiting, and it should be a very close, very exciting competition. I can't wait!
Also, I'm looking forward to finding out what "Finnstep" is. It's the required pattern dance in the short dance competition, but I've never heard of it before.