From: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
If the Australian team is anything to go by, to be a Winter Olympian it's obligatory to have a completely stupid first name, like Kaiene, Jazmyne or some other made-up nonsense. At best it will actually be a surname turned into a first name. Also, in any interview, you have to sound like a drooling moron, with anything you say interspersed with "totally", "awesome", "yeeuuww" and stupid hand gestures
Most people are seduced by the marquee events at the Summer Olympics like the 100m etc but forget that there are a tremendous amount of deadly dull ones like pistol shooting and the much maligned synchronised swimming. The "Modern" Pentathlon represents the skills of a 19th Century cavalry officer on the run behind enemy lines for goodness sake (fencing, swimming, riding an unfamiliar horse, shooting and running...actually, that's pretty cool and it's the only event where the horse gets a medal too).
I prefer the Winter games as there are a lot of gravity-powered events and cool physics. There was a time when Australian athletes were usually just making up the numbers, pluckily battling lack of money, distance, poor coaching etc and occasionally pulling off a good performance.
Now we're often a serious medal chance but it's had a disastrous effect on the TV coverage here, which has become almost hysterically jingoistic. Sports and athletes that no one gives a rat's arse about 99% of the time are built up to a ludicrous degree and if they don't perform as expected there's a palpable sense of let-down from the broadcaster.
Anyhoo, I'll probably be checking out our Kailani Craine in the figure-skating for some reason
< Message edited by Neilster -- 2/12/2018 10:55:15 PM >