"Oh hi guys, here's a three hour essay video on HBO's Watchmen and why it sucks! Here's a 90 minute video on the storytelling in Dark Souls! Here's a 90 minute video examining the Avengers as a stand-in for American exceptionalism!" "Martin, nobody is watching hour long essay videos!" "Anyone want to watch an hour long video on the physical dangers of teenagers performing quad jumps at the top levels of figure skating?"
Edit: Part 2! Relax, it isn't much over an hour, you can get through it. Yeah, I've had nothing else to do today, can you tell?
The Johnny Weir comment about them purportedly letting her skate to "protect her mental health" was gold. Pure political BS.
I know everyone loves to crap on the NCAA in the US, but they have rules in place to limit the practice time that hypercomeptive college football and basketball programs can give their young players and they're only allowed to practice at certain times of the year to give them an actual offseason. These sports like figure skating and gymnastics need a governing body like that, at least with minors. Because as it stands it's effectively an arms race and if you want to really compete you have to be as crazy as the Russians, which is what the US did to win in gymnastics.
Did anybody watch the curling women's semi? Sweden scored 4 in the 1st end, and Great Britain came back to go up 11-8 in the 9th. Sweden tied it up and GB won in the 11th. Sweden has been in the gold medal match for the past 5(!) Olympics, and GB just took them out.
Lollobrigida won her second medal. In both instances, she sounded happier for receiving the mascot panda than the medal. When she arrived at the Olympic village, she visited the store and declared, the panda was so cute, I wanted to buy it, but I'll try to win one. Today, she said again, I'm so glad I got the panda again and I'm bringing it home.
I went to Buffalo Wild Wings (yuck) to watch the women's curling finals, as I don't have CNBC or Peacock. That was... uh, not the best game to bother with. Japan conceded defeat without even finishing the game. (I think - I'm not familiar enough with the sport to know all the rules, and I had no sound. Regardless, they were down by 8 going into the final end, and instead of playing it out they just ended the match.) I would have loved to get inside Fujiwara's head as she tried to imagine ways out of that hole. Ah well, they were fun to watch. Congratulations to the British team and veteran skip Eve Muirhead.