|The Olympics Come to An End
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Posted: February 24, 2014
by Ted Greenberg
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Yesterday, we bid adieu to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. What a couple weeks of intrigue and competition. At times given the deep freeze of NYC, it was hard to watch sports in a clime even colder than we were. But, there were many memorable moments.
(3) The opening ceremony. Sure the fifth ring failed to materialize, but if that is all you took from the the over-the-top, theatrical opening ceremony, then you weren’t watching the TV. Flamboyant, beautiful and moving. That’s what we got, a spectacularly produced event. Ok, there was the malfunction, but anyone who works in theater or live events can tell you that can happen. And, the Bermuda team wore Bermuda shorts. What an unforgettable moment.
(2) Johnny Weir’s Outfits. If you thought the Bermudans were brave for rocking shorts (I did), then Weir’s outfits were fierce. In fact, SB Nation tracked his wonderful ensembles. He and commentator partner Tara Lipinski coordinated their outfits, but no one can outshine Weir, a three-time U.S. figure skating national champion.
(1) Bob Costas. The venerable reporter and Olympic host went down for the count with an eye infection that spread from eye to both. Matt Lauer filled in and was fine. But, Bob was sorely missed when not in the booth. His love and reverence for sports is surpassed by none.
Good by Olympics. You were fun, but I’m glad to get some of my regular TV shows back.