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Old February 15 2014, 04:30 PM   #41
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Re: Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games

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I saw White after his run last night and on the Today show this morning. Not a single word congratulating the winners. It was all me me me. I understand better why people don't like him.
He did appear cheerful and congratulatory after seeing his score though, so there's that. How sincere that was, I don't know.

Anyway, I'm annoyed by the weird skater/surfer vibe of some of the snowboarder at the Olympics, especially the American who won the slopestyle. There's millions of dollars on the line, and possibly lasting fame if you play your cards right - you don't care whether or not you win? Then get the fuck home to play in the snow if that's what you want.

White is probably not the nicest person around, and he's apparently been somewhat of an outcast in the pro snowboarder scene his entire life, but at least he's not a hypocrite. He wants to win, he says he wants to win, and he usually does win. Snowboarders should just accept that their precious "fun sport" is becoming just as commercialised as everything else. There may be only one White now (although the Swiss winner of the halfpipe event seems to share his mentality anyway), but there's going to be twenty at the next Olympics.
Huh? At what point did you get the notion that they didn't care about winning. They might have been relaxed in between runs but once they dropped onto the hill did you ever get the vibe that they weren't trying to win or were not excited when they did eventually win? That whole post has a lot of "get off my Olympic lawn" to it. Lighten up. Just because they have a familiar camaraderie with the other nations doesn't mean the snowboarders aren't competitive.

Anyway, I got up this morning to watch the United States/Russia semifinals. Pretty intense game. I was ready to trade my coffee for bourbon during the extra shootouts.
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