How We'll Find Room For Cross: Ditch Ice Dancing Feb 22. 2010 | Comments (0)
I've been watching the Olympics pretty steadily. I even watch the commercials because many of them are funny or touching (I'm a sap) and because I like the idea of supporting the sponsors who support the Olympics.
But right now I've paused the telecast, and I'm going to bust my way through a 300x fast forward as soon as enough time elapses, because ice dancing is on and I'm embarrassed. I'm alone, but I'm embarrassed.
The arguments for and against have been volleyed for so long they're cliches. I'll avoid those and just write that when I paused I was watching the SECOND pair of the night wearing outfits straight out of the Dukes of Hazzard (the TV show, not the movie) -- and THEY ACTUALLY LOOK NORMAL COMPARED TO THE OTHERS. I literally couldn't watch any longer. I understand the Americans are unusually strong this year, and that sparks my interest about this much: [ ].
Meanwhile, as many of you have posted, cross is not just spectator friendly, it's really easy to put on. Here they're helicoptering snow onto the ski runs (I swear to God), and to set up a decent cross course you need a big park and a lot of yellow police tape. That's all.
Oh -- and you don't have to look away in pity or shame when you watch a rider dismount and run over barriers. We have that going for us as well.