The USA didn’t ‘shine’ particularly well this time around, and the coverage pretty much sucked, but there were still some impressive performances by all the athletes!
We were talking about it at dinner last night, and it’s really about money and viewership…
America is no longer the premier economy in the world, having been overshadowed by the SE Asian combination of China, South Korea, and Japan. And they are the technology leaders, have the most tech savvy kids and the highest viewer numbers for TV, even if there are only ‘state’ channels in China.
And the Olympics are chasing the money and viewers… Plus Beijing gets to reuse all the stuff from 2008. Although apparently the swimming arena will be the new location for curling and who knows what else… Hope that ice doesn’t break, it’s a long way to the bottom of the pool…
It was interesting to watch the closing ceremonies, and see the 4-star CFK standing behind Ivanka Trump, considering the size of the NORK bounty on him.
If there is a bright side, no one was seriously injured (other than the Aussie that broke his neck), nobody got killed participating in their sport, and there were no attacks on the athletes. I’d call that a win for everybody.
I do wonder where the opening/closing ceremony shows are going, considering that each time, they seem to ramp up more and more, with this one having more computer graphics than any I can remember… I wonder if they built a powerplant just to power all the systems running those ceremonies, and all the lights, graphics, etc.
The medal count for the top ten were:
|United States of America||9||8||6||23|
And from what I saw, there was pretty good sportsmanship, other than the female Canadian who took her silver medal off during the ceremony for women’s hockey.
So four years from now, we get to watch it all again, and hopefully with better commentators and better coverage…