Bill Plaschke: Figure skating, it's real simple. South Korea's Yuna Kim and Russia's Adelina Sotnikova decide to travel from the Empire State Building to the Chrysler Building.
Arriving, they look just as beautiful as when they started, except that while Kim decided to take the safer surface streets, Sotnikova made the trip several blocks above, on a wavering tight wire, with the guts and flair of a Flying Wallenda, and was justly rewarded.
Bill Plaschke's column on the "failure" of the U.S. women's bobsled team to bring home gold rather than silver is puzzling. Since when is a silver medal at that level a failure or a "choke?"
NBC, Christin Cooper and that cameraman win a gold medal in the category of Most Heartless Interview. The intrusive television interviews of sports figures during events reached a new preposterous level when Bode Miller was insensitively interrogated about his late brother during an Olympic race.
A video of this incident should be shown to all interviewers as an example of despicable interviewing techniques.
As a snowboarder, I was looking forward to watching the parallel giant slalom. But NBC chose not to show it, even though it was posted that it would be shown during prime time Wednesday. I have to wonder if it was merely a decision by NBC to continue their practice of showing more filler than actual competition, or if the decision had to do with Vic Wild's choice to sacrifice his citizenship to get the training support he felt needed to compete at that level.
Could NBC be thinking that showing the event might give some of our athletes the less-than-patriotic idea of taking their skill set elsewhere? I guess that kind of story doesn't quite fit into the NBC "overcoming adversity" boilerplate.
Let's pull together and call Bob Costas' wife, mother, guardian or whoever he reports to and beg them to make sure he takes his meds, gets a physical, gets his cholesterol checked on a regular basis, exercises daily, goes to a shrink or gets a dental checkup every six months ... so we never have to get through an Olympics without him and leave us at the last minute with poor "Today" show host Matt Lauer.