Does anyone else find that the olympic coverage is really bad? I think I have watched possibly 3 or 4 races so far and I always have the tv on. all they have on are the athlete stories, tv personalities that no one cares about, etc. I'm really annoyed.
I usually turn it on at night, it doesn't seem any different to me.. I know some of the events have been canceled because of weather conditions. I like the stories also, as I wouldn't bother going to find out more about them online. it's nice to hear their stories, or see who's underneath that ski outfit.
there have been some amazing performances.
I don't mind watching and learning about the olympians either, but this morning, CTV had some guy on their show for about 2 hours singing this and that in the middle of his interview and just had me wondering what he had to do with the olympics. They also had two personalities from some kind of talk show thats supposed to have something to do with celebrity, whatever! I want to watch the games. i want to see the competition.
I think the problem is that we don't really know most of the Winter Olympic athletes, and the networks have to make us care or nobody will watch. I know in the United States the only athletes people know in the Winter Olympics are the hockey players (and we don't really care that much about hockey) and maybe a couple female figure skaters. Oh, and that Ohno guy. Most of these sports aren't popular enough to ever be shown on TV outside of the Olympics. In fact, most of these sports don't even get a mention on SportsCenter, even for their non-Olympic world championship events. Most Americans aren't going to tune in to blindly root for the athletes wearing the stars and stripes; they need some sort of biographic piece to get them emotionally involved.
yeah you're probably right. I'm just going on the last winter olympics in Turin and I think the coverage was much better.
I live in the Vancouver area and we are having one of the warmest winters in the last hundred years. Cancellations of events are starting to pour in while many are holding tickets they bought from scalpers or non-olympic venues. They're screwed.
We had one snowfall and cold snap early last December which melted away in a few days. It's been going from rain to sun ever since with temperatures hovering around 8-10 degrees Celsius.
Buds have already broken out with small new leaves beginning to form on some trees. I'll probably have to cut the lawn soon, too.
Today is sunny and warm like any other beautiful spring day. But, it pretty much spells disaster for some of the Olympic venues.
I love watching the Olympics, but there are too many commercials!!! It drives me mad so I have to tivo it while I watch something else, or write a new hub I also wish my remote was more accurate because I can fast forward thru the commercials but I always stream past the first few seconds of programming. I am remotely challenged
too bad about lindsay jacobellis tonight! a fluke fall for her.
the figure skater from switzerland, Lambiel, was amazing!
plushenko is going to be hard to beat.
I've miss tonight's broadcast...still zoomed in here on Hubpages! I will say that there seems to be a lot of skaters having mishaps this Olympics. Have the required moves just become too difficult? I can remember when a triple toe loop was a miraculous feat.
I don't know. I know snowboarding has quite a few falls tonight (or today), the snow/rain conditions have made it hard.
don't you feel bad when they fall ?? they work so hard for these moments.
It's agonizing, especially when you know they've been training for four years for a 5 to 10-minute spot! The weather is crucial, but so is the Vancouver crew who must maintain the ice and snow.
I was disappointed at what happened yesterday with the men's speed skating venue. The ice was so poorly groomed they had to delay the race an hour. I understand that messed up the skaters' timing.
yes, it is agonizing... I didn't see the men's speed skating yesterday. I don't know what I was doing... but I love to watch these games, so inspiring. go world, yes?
they replay it after the news too . I was watching and hubbing last night, then realized I was watching the same stuff over again.
hey faybe, where are u in florida? nice to see you.
I'm on the gulf coast.
the canadian skater is next.
these guys are so good.
c u later green.
let me know when shaun white makes an appearance. he's a little cutie!
yes, he is. half pipe is on today, men's half-pipe qualifiers are on at 4:40 p.m. Eastern time, semi-finals at 8:15 p.m. and finals around 10:15 p.m.
I agree Lotus, loved his costume last night! he's so nice to watch. also enjoyed johnny weir's performance
olympics always inspire me to work out more!!
oOo i know...saw that in the paper. wooHoo thanks!
Thanks for the update, RE! I've got a heavy schedule today and tonight...just may have to do a bit of TIVOing.
Evan is my fave. Love his dark prince charming costume. His brief interview was charming too.
It's all tape delayed so you already know the results. Then when you want to watch an actual event it takes forever for them to show it. And instead of showing the competition they only show the later rounds or results. Would be nice to air the sporting events and less of the fluff.
But it's been this way for years and years. For me I just get the results off the net on the very few interesting stories. Unfortunately it's all about the money so you can't even get video clips yet.
Olympics on TV is always a let down.
My husband's a Brit and he keeps comparing the "tedious" US coverage to the great coverage in the UK where you have less fluff and actually see more events. I do think the US with all it's excessive commercial time becomes overly focused on the US and Canadian athletes, but it's what we have. At least there's TIVO.
no complaints with even being able to see some of these amazing events~
team USA had a golden day yesterday. loved watching lindsey vonne's amazing ski run and sean white take it even higher.
nice to see canada take another gold.
So I think the coverage is getting better, but now its kind of embarrassing because of all the little problems that they are experiencing. Like last nights speedskating event with the timing and ice problems. Come on Canada, get it together...geesh!
Olympic coverage is so bad, I have yet to watch a second of the winter games. I don't believe skiing and shooting at target is considered a sport.
Yay Evan! Stunning performance. Love those silver snakes too!
Ours is really good. Australian.. Eddy gets to us every once and awhile, but he has been well behaved and a good commentator for these Olympics.
I want them to play curling in primetime. I miss it all while I'm at work. I couldn't care less about figure skating.
I like NHL hockey better. More checking, more fights.
Maybe we need a hockey forum... Just joking of course. However, I love Curling. I wish I could play. But Missouri does not get cold enough. Looks fun though.
Curling is fun! I love it, but I don't get to do it enough.
I don't get to do it at all. Not a big thing here in Cali. But I found a local rink that's going to do an intro-to-curling clinic on a Saturday in March. I'm totally going.
No ice skating lessons for you though, I take it Maddie... It's not my favorite part either. I love the women's half pipe myself. I couldn't even make it down the little "starter hill" without a major injury.
I was on the curling team in highschool and it was really great. Since then I have curled a couple tourneys here and there for company parties and the like. Haven't done it in a while though, but seriously thinking of returning to it at some point.
You know, I like NHL hockey too, but I like to see Canadians playing together and thats why I love Olympic hockey. I love to see a country come together and fight for pride. Thats the best kind of game.
sounds like fun maddie. one thing I love about the olympics is that it brings attention to the sporting world and inspires us to get out there and move. let us know how it goes!
I just had to mention this. I had a good laugh watching some speedskating coverage on a canadian network. One of the journalists made a lame attempt to get the canadian media interested in a love affair between canadian speedskater Nesbitt and one of the speedskaters from the Netherlands. The journalist, looking for some feedback from the two sports commentators with his story was thanked with some awkward dead air and then a remark from the female commentator: "I wonder where he was going with that?"
I laughed so hard. Canada is really out of the loop sometimes. Just couldn't care less about athlete relationships.
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