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02-20-2002, 03:14 PM
Jim Shea's story are what the Olympics is all about. Hopefully, this will take over the ridiculous figure skating story, and Gretzky's rant. What a great, and sadly tragic, story this is.
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02-20-2002, 10:50 PM
Awesome finish for Shea.
02-21-2002, 08:20 AM
Apolo Ohno is not a bad guy to root for. When he got knocked down in a race he was leading right before the finish line, he said, "cool, silver!" He didn't piss and moan like NBC wanted him too.
02-21-2002, 08:31 AM
And boy did they want him to whine. I saw the interview he did with Costas and I swear that Costas asked Ohno about 5 versions of the same question trying to get him to admit he was "cheated" out of the gold, or that there should have been a reskate. I have tremendous respect for that kid.
Double High C
02-21-2002, 09:13 AM
Was that Kim Dong Sum from S. Korea the same guy who bumped into him in the first race?
Payback's a birch.
Actually I have found all the U.S. skeleton medal winner to be very good sportsmen(people); very gracious and supportive of their sport and their fellow athletes.
ALso agree that Ohno seems like a great kid; great athlete who seems truly happy to be there and doing his best.
One thing bugs me about some of the coverage (and it might be nitpicking) relates to the figure skaters. You hear the announcers consistently talk about the pressure facing the skaters being beyond belief where any small mistake can be so costly. THey make it seem like the pressure on these athletes dwarfs that felt be the athletes of the other sports. It seems to me that almost all the sports are like that at that level; any small slip is the difference between gold and 10th place.
Generally, I have really enjoyed these Olympics, but that is one thing that bugs me.
02-21-2002, 10:08 AM
Jim Shea could not have provided a better story for NBC. His claim that the gold medal was not nearly as important as just being in the Olympics can across as real genuine. He definitely is someone that should make American proud. I'm very glad he represented the North Country and the USA so well.
As far as Ohno goes, I could go either way on him. He showed a great deal of class with his silver medal. His statements last night about being able to be taken out to a desert and be buried now because he has a gold medal. His involvement in the trials scandal looked fishy to me. I saw the race. He did not try to pass once. I lost some respect for him. He had a noble goal of getting a friend on the team, but did it at the expense of someone else. He was absolved. I certainly won't root against him, but I don't get too excited about his victories.
02-21-2002, 10:40 AM
In the vein of the "drug users support terrorism" commercials shown during the Superbowl (of which I have seen very few since), why isn't MADD jumping on the Shea story exploiting it against drunk driving?
02-21-2002, 11:40 AM
This forum isn't about Kurt Angle?
02-21-2002, 11:54 AM
On 2002-02-21 11:40, KnightsPG wrote:
This forum isn't about Kurt Angle?
02-21-2002, 12:43 PM
When did they show the end of this competition last night? I only saw the first skeleton runs of the men and women before I had to go to bed. Did I blink and miss it, or did NBC put them on late?
Dr T Non-Fan
02-21-2002, 01:06 PM
It was after 10 my time. Since the Americans won (and a lot last night), they squeezed in four or five 50-second runs each, plus 10 minutes of commercials.
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