It didn't take long this year for NBC and the Winter Olympics to have me hooked.
I think we all tend to gravitate more toward the Summer Olympics, but when it's below zero outside, it's also a good time to stay indoors and catch some world-class action. I've watched several hours of coverage throughout the first few days and have some random observations that you might have caught too.
- Bob Costas picked the wrong time to have trouble with his left eye. The guy only seriously works once every two years for either of the games, so this is usually his time to shine. I read that Costas has pink eye and hopefully it clears up so we can experience the full "Bob Costas, Olympic Host Extraordinaire" sometime during these games. I think that eye thing has him off his game a little bit.
- Who would have thought that before the Olympics I would know all three skiing Dufour-Lapointe sisters from Canada (Justine, Chloe and Maxime). Not only that, but I would have a favorite - Chloe. It looks like Chloe took the silver this past weekend to a very excited Justine who took gold in the moguls.
- Did you hear that stadium that hosted opening ceremonies was built just for that and the closing ceremonies and not for any competition during the games. I guess during its downtime the stadium can host Vladimir Putin's massive ego.
- When it comes to providing play-by-play coverage of ice skating performances Tom Hammond is the man. They usually don't show Hammond's face during the show. I saw a post-show wrap up with him and the rest of the ice skating analysts and Hammond continues to wear so much face make-up that he looks embalmed.
- It's amazing how fast (and sometimes high) some of these skiers and snowboarders are going down these treacherous hills. They never get mentioned as far as some of the toughest athletes, but I would guess most of us would rather be sacked in football game than have to fly down one of these hills at that pace.
- Did you hear about the American bobsled guy who locked himself in the bathroom, then broke a hole through the door to get out? He then tweeted out a picture of the hole. I would probably be too embarrassed to tell the world I locked myself in the bathroom and then destroyed property of a the host country for the Winter Olympics. I guess this guy just wanted some attention - and he got it.
Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org