I don’t want this to sound like a “things were great when I was a kid, and now they suck” post, but the Olympics were great when I was a kid and now they suck. Seriously. The Olympics used to be awesome. It was Jim McKay’s ‘Wide World of Sports” on the steroids. Literally (Yes, I’m looking at you East Germany.) They showed all the sports including biathlon. Not because it looked like an American might medal in biathlon, but because when else were yo going to be able to see biathlon? Now its all skating and snowboarding. They’ll cut away to bobsled in order to set up a Lola Jones puff piece, but that’s about it.
Back in the day, it was amateurs who did it for the love of the sport, (Do you believe in miracles?!?). Now it is millionaire snowboarders making pretend snowboarding is a sport while they drink Mountain Dew on the medal stand to fulfill the terms of their endorsement contracts. (Do you believe in cross-promotions?!?)
It was once shrouded in the corny utopian vision of the brotherhood of man and the uplifting power of international cooperation. Now every f#cking story is about Olympic “security” and the dread of that security failing. Release the doves of war!