Watching the Non-Medal Winners
Posted 28 January 2002 - 12:43 PM
These athletes (all women during the hour I was watching) were, of course, skilled and had been practicing for hours since childhood, but they weren't going to make the Olympic team, or even, probably, a national team. I remember the first time I watched Olympic skating (Torvill and Dean's Bolero year) ESPN showed all the competitors, and it was just as interesting, to me, seeing the third-ranked couple from a Very Small Country as seeing the stars. It's also very humbling to realize that people who are so very, very good are still markedly below champion level -- a good thing to remember when watching dancers, I think.
Posted 28 January 2002 - 07:13 PM
This makes one question the Olympic coverage of the last couple of years, which consists mostly of the medalists plus the Americans. What are we missing?
Posted 28 January 2002 - 07:34 PM
Posted 29 January 2002 - 03:12 PM
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