Saturday, February 8, 2014

Changes needed to Olympics events

From where I sit it looks like the Olympics has a couple too many sports...


As much as it pains me to say this, I really think women's hockey should be changed. Until the teams are closer in skills it's almost embarrassing. Canada blitzed Switzerland with 69 shots. If it wasn't for Florence Schelling pulling a Scrivens and keeping it close, this would have been worse. Even in the US-Finalnd game it wasn't until the 3rd that Finland began to show signs of life. How about 2 teams from Canada and the US, dilute the talent pool a bit for both nations. Something, anything, to keep the North American teams from look at the women's hockey tournament as the 'free' space on the bingo card.

Meanwhile, figure skating is already a joke...


It didn't take 36 hours for the conspiracy stories to begin. And given the history in all levels of the sport it's hardly surprising. Is there a solution? Not easily. How about judges from non-competing countries? Hell, train a bunch of judges from non-participating countries. Jamaica, for example. They already have athletes at the games. Send a couple judges too. I know that's not a great solution, but the current system is terrible. Out of all this, I honestly feel bad for Davis and White. They are a great ice dance team and quite possibly will deserve to win, but if they do there will be questions. And, even more than the unfair judging, that seems to be the deepest problem. A worthy champion surrounded by debate as to whether it was earned.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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