I’ve been looking for a good way to sum up why I generally enjoy the winter Olympics more than the summer Olympics, and in lieu of talking about how hot Julia Mancuso, Gretchen Bleiler and Lindsey Vonn are, which are the primary reasons I love the games this year, I’m going to defer to Steep and Cheap’s commentary on the subject, as their reasons are a bit more rational than mine:
“The Winter Olympics are much better than the summer variety. I think it’s because anyone can at least attempt most of the sports in the summer games. I could run a mile on a track or hurl a bowling ball 15 feet after spinning around several times. I might not be any good at it, but I it’s easy to imagine myself participating in those summer sports. The winter games are stacked with things you never get to do. Going to a waterslide is as close as most of us will get to the luge or bobsled, and accidentally getting air in your car over railroad tracks is the nearest most of us come to the ski jump. I also like that they introduce shooting guns to cross country skiing in the biathlon, and if you want an everyman sport, there’s always curling. When I watch curling, I feel like the losing team should have to take a shot for every point the other team wins by.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself (thanks Ryan for the link). The Feed:
I spent most of my night watching the men’s snowboarding halfpipe finals. Shaun White is phenomenal. There is not an adequate way to describe how incredibly talented he is. The NYTs tries, but the piece sounds like the dude is grasping for a connection that he can’t understand. The best way I can describe Shaun White is by comparing him to a video game snowboarder come to life; with all of the crazy moves, smooth transitions and vibrant personality that exist in a good character. But with better hair. Congrats Shaun! If anyone can find an online video of his last run last night send it along.
Check out this cool interactive feature from the NYTs that features some of the Olympic snowboarders and has them talking about their music and what goes through their minds when they’re launching themselves off of an ice chute 30 feet into the air.
I’m getting ready to head over to Red Rocks Canyon to get in a quick run, but before I do I wanted to throw up some pictures of last night’s gold medal performance by Lindsey Vonn. Watching her race confused the hell out of my body. On one hand I was slightly aroused, on the other I got that anxious feeling you get when you thing someone is going to break their neck by crashing into a tree. I didn’t know what to do with myself. Go Lindsey! And if you ever need anyone to celebrate with by traipsing around the beaches of Hawaii, I’m here for you baby.
Last night’s performance by the US women was incredible. Gold and silver in the downhill by two of the most talented, and yes, attractive women in the sport is not only great for the US Olympic marketing team, but makes the country look like we actually know what we’re doing. At least when it comes to winter sports. God forbid they set up an international body fat percentage competition, or a contest to see who can come up with the most reasonable and comprehensive health care system. We’d be F’ed.
Backing away from the Olympic coverage for a second, check out this article about Amuse Bouche, a bistro in Suprise, Arizona (a suburb of Phoenix) that has infused a far flung suburban strip mall location with some of the best dishes in the Southwest. But what’s really interesting about Amuse, and why you should read this article, is how it manages to thrive in one of the worst financial climate in history, in a community where 75% of the population is over the age of 65 and the price for the scallop meal is $24 (hint: their most popular dishes are straight from Americana). Good read.
Some electronica and digital graffiti to get the day going. I want this screen. Brilliant.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/17/dining/17amuse.html (Phoenix restaurant)