Sports CorrespondentAfter months of anticipation, it is finally here. Missing doorknobs, dark stairwells with steps of various shapes and sizes, water that is perfectly safe… unless you want to wash your face with it. That’s right! The XXII Olympic Winter Games are live and in color from the beautiful beach town of Sochi, Russia. Every four years, we are blessed with a plethora of events that combine speed, style, and grace. And ice. Cold, hard ice. Ice makes everything so much more watchable. I mean, Curling anyone? (Sorry Canada. I know it’s a close second to Hockey in your pantheon of winter pursuits, but I am an incredible sweeper. Where’s my gold?) I have been charged with the task of cutting through all the boring stuff- looking at you, Cross Country Skiing- and bringing you two and a half weeks of highlights, human interest tearjerkers, and all the hits, falls, and Ski jump fails that we all love. Tonight had just enough to whet our appetite for what should be some compelling action in the days to come (Snowboard Slopestyle). The most noteworthy event of the night was not for the action on the course, but for the one competitor who did not take part. The “Flying Tomato” himself, Shaun White, bowed out of the event due to what some are saying is a lingering injury. Also, for the first time in Winter Olympic history, figure skating is a team event. The Americans are in fifth place. The true highlight of the evening was Bob Costas, in a close and personal moment with the viewing audience. He was sharing the plight of a famous Russian punk band that ran into some legal issues, Pussy Riot. And boy, did Bob embrace Pussy Riot. He said Pussy Riot, A LOT. I wouldn’t be surprised if the FCC looked into this. Friday will be the chance to show off all the wonder and beauty and charm of Sochi and Mother Russia during the Opening Ceremonies. Fisht Stadium hosts the event that is sure to arouse the senses. Also, Vlad Putin will be there. That’s some “Must See TV” right, NBC?! The event will carry on, probably late into the night, but at some point after the proceedings, Montana native Bode Miller will chase gold in the second day of training in the Alpine Skiing Downhill.
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