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More stuff from and thoughts on the 2010
Olympics in Vancouver.


Evan Lysacek.

Evan Lysacek took the gold last night in Men's Free-
style skating, beating out the legendary Russian
Evgeny Plushenko.

Evan would have to win my Bi-Polar Award for his win.
As he was waiting for his results he alternatively wept
and looked like he was about ready to puke. After his
results were up and waiting to see if he took Silver
or Gold, he looked catatonic — or perhaps constipated.
And after Plushenko skated and he knew he had the Gold,
he hopped up and down like a high-school cheerleader and
started hugging everybody around — I wonder if he even
knew half the people he was hugging.

The Olympics certainly can bring out a wide range of
emotion — even in a single individual.


Torah Bright.

Australia's Torah Bright took Gold in the Women's
Pipe snowboarding event. Lots of riders crashed
on this one — perhaps because the sport has been
so competitive bringing in new elements from men's
snowboarding. In any case, mark up one for the Other
Hemisphere.

Which brings up something I've been wondering about
since the Olympics started. Why are women's and
men's sports different these days? In the old days,
sure, it was genderism that kept the sports
separate — nobody wanted women competing with
men. But what about today? What difference is
there really between a 135 pound female boarder
and a 135 pound male rider? They used to say it
was things like size and musculature. But I'm not
so sure that could be said these days given physical
conditioning. And sometimes it just seems senseless.
After the death of luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, the
men's start on the luge run was moved down to the
women's start, and the women's moved down even lower
to a level that one female luger called a "child's
start." If the women could start at one level before
the accident, why not start at the same place after
— given that the real danger of the run was the
added speed of the higher portion? Don't get me
wrong, I'm not saying they should combine the events.
I'm just wondering how much difference there is
really between the two halves of sports.

Incidentally, the German men's and women's luge teams
have been kicking some serious butt in this Olympics.
Deutschland Uber Alles!


Russian pairs skaters Maria Mukhortova
and Maxim Trankov.

With thousands of athletes and almost 90 Olympic events,
it's impossible to see even 1 percent of all the female
athletes in the games. And I've been really trying. But
of the ones I did catch, I would say that Russian pairs
skater Maria Mukhortova would get the medal for Babeocity.
Don't ask me what color the Babeocity Medal is — I haven't
made up my mind yet.

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