Providing thrills for viewers
Regarding Ron Cook’s column “Time for Olympics Has Passed” (Feb. 12 sports): You’re right, Mr. Cook, the Olympic Games are not like professional hockey — no one punches anyone in the face. You’re also correct that Pyeongchang’s stadium will most likely be torn down — like Three Rivers Stadium was when the city and county still owed $40 million on it.
But this year’s games take in more than 100 events with nearly 3,000 athletes competing. And you don’t think there’s anyone whose name is worth knowing?
Start with Simen Hegstad Krueger of Norway. After a crash at the start of the men’s 30K skiathlon, he picked himself up, dusted himself off — and came from the back of the pack to win gold.
Or Chloe Kim, who took gold in the snowboard halfpipe with a near-perfect score of 98.75? She was probably good enough to win four years ago in Sochi, had she not been just 13 and too young to compete. Still not interested?
Watch Red Gerard, the 17year-old snowboarder, after his slope-style performance. Check out Red and his buddies, watching the remaining competitors get lesser scores. Gradually it dawns on them that Gerard could would win gold, and you hear a chorus of Bill and Ted-worthy “Duuuuudes” that had the husband and me howling.
And I dare you to watch an interview with Maame Biney, a Ghana-born U.S. high schooler, first black woman to compete in speed skating for the U.S., and then forget her name.Go on; I’ll wait.
I heard two of my co-workers — motorcycle mechanics — talking: “Did you see that Kim woman?” For a minute I thought they were talking about me. And then, “On the Olympics? That Kim woman, duuuude, she was so cool!”
Quibble with the politics and expense and security concerns at the Olympics. But don’t say no one is watching, and don’t say no one is worth watching.You’re just wrong. KIMBERLEE LOVE
Hey,Ron Cook! Over here! If you’re looking for that “one person” speaking about the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, I’m definitely one of them (Feb. 12, “Time for Olympics Has Passed”). While you opine the lack of “big names” in the WinterOlympics, I find it absolutely refreshing to see these committed, genuinely enthusiastic and humble athletes beingfeatured in lieu of the jaded, spoiled, overpaid athletes of U.S.professional sports.
It’s a wonderful change of pace to see teammates support each other (U.S. bronze-winning ice skating team, just one example of many), instead of openly complaining on social media about perceived lack of playtime, lack of salary, lack of respect ... fill in the blank (but usually, you can insert a Steelers player’s name and complaintin there).
Get your head out of local professional sports, Mr. Cook, even if only for two weeks, and maybe take the time to learn some of the names of the U.S. athletes outside of Lindsey Vonn (whom you insult, by the way, dismissing her impressive alpine skiing career by associating her only with dating Tiger Woods). To answer your question: Yes, the Olympics are more than worthyof viewing. DANA CASALE