Monday, February 10, 2014
It is 11* in rural Kansas this morning, and while I wait for the temperature to climb three more degrees for today's high, (and then I head out for my morning XC ski jaunt), I am watching the Sochi Olympics online. In fact, I am watching speed skating on the BBC network. What is really, REALLY nice about this is that I am getting to watch the complete speed skating competition, each and every competitor, (not just the Americans), and the BBC doesn't even break away from the ice rink during the 20-minute break between rounds - they film the people in the stands, the warm-up room, the eight-piece marching band playing "I'm Getting Married in the Morning" as they march around the ice...and I can actually get a feel for the atmosphere in the arena. I really like the sportscasters, too. They're pretty dry and matter-of-fact. No heart-rending sob stories of life difficulties. No segues to childhood homes and gyms and dramas. Just the facts, Ma'am.