Inside Sports for Sunday — February 26, 2006

Ok, I’ll admit it.

I actually took in some of the Winter Olympics the past couple of days.

However, I was only disappointed by the way some of the events turned out.

I do like to watch women’s figure skating (just like almost everyone else), which happened to be on during the times I turned on my tube.

Sasha Cohen, who led going into the final night, fell twice on her way to a silver medal, which she doesn’t deserve.

The United States’ best hope of a gold medal in the event was anything but gold during her final performance.

She choked.

But according to NBC commentator Scott Hamilton, Cohen had a history of failing to perform during crunch time.

And he was right. I do think she did a remarkable job in her first outing, where she dazzled the judges on her way to the top spot.

With her letdown in the finals, I thought she should’ve earned nothing but a few roses.

Even Cohen herself was surprised with her silver medal. In several media reports, she noted that she was “terribly surprised” with her silver medal.

It’s almost like the judges felt sorry for her and a silver surprise would only limit the amount of tears coming out of her tiny body.

But what is that all about?

I mean, that’s really one of the reasons why I don’t care too much for the Winter Olympics.

My favorite event gets tainted by judges who don’t get it correct.

Even a Yahoo! Sports poll reveals the “true” feelings of the public about Cohen’s performance.

The question asked what medal did Cohen deserve and over 6,000 (43 percent) votes came in for the no medal category.

But it doesn’t stop there.

Shani Davis, the first black athlete to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics, got into a squabble with fellow American skater Chad Hedrick over Davis’s decision not to skate in the team pursuit event.

Right after making history, Davis and Hedrick decided to defray attention away from the wonderful achievement, which seemed to be just an after-thought for Davis.

Leave it to Winter Olympians to drop the snowball.

The Winter Olympics are almost over — two more days to be exact.

It’s been great hearing about the American snowboarders and their triumphs, especially former Princeville resident Elena Hight, who finished sixth in her Olympic debut.

But I’d rather watch American Idol, and so would a lot of other individuals.

According to Associated Press reports, an estimated 5.7 million more people watched Simon and company over the Olympics between Idols’ hour of enjoyment (just ask Simon’s #1 fan, Nat Childs).

Luckily for the Winter Games, American Idol is only on for an hour, so their viewership rose when the singing ended.

It’ll be another four years ’til the Winter Olympics hit Vancouver (Canada), but for me, it’ll be a good break to choose the next pairs of socks I’ll wear during those Olympics.


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