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Subject: Re: Olympic Thoughts? Date: 2/12/2002 4:23 PM
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<<I'll admit I'm not a big fan of the snowboard competition and any other "new" areas that dilute the value of the medals. Let the kids have fun in their "radical" ways but why add it on to the Olympics? Just so America has another chance at more medals? You think these guys really care about Olympic tradition (see Nagano '98) or marketing themselves into big bucks?>>

Well, I'm with you on some (much?) of the old spirit seeming to be gone, replaced by rampant commercialism and marketing.

Still, I think that it's reasonable to add new events from time to time. After all, many of the events we've enjoyed fro many years were probably added at some point.

And even though snowboarders might seem to be kids, within 20 years, they'll be in their 40s and 50s and likely still interested in snowboarding.

I found the snowboarding competition interesting. Some of the competitors didn't put in performances that seemed too interesting to me, but I blame that to some degree on NBC, for not educating me enough about the sport. For example, what's a regular stance vs. a "goofy" stance? Maybe when I'm seeing boring-looking moves, there is actually something interesting or difficult going on.

Still, there was plenty that I *did* like. The heights that some of the snowboarders reached were really impressive. Some of the moves were amazing. Overall, I liked it.

Now the figure skating judging... THAT is crazy. And seemingly always has been!

Selena
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