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Time to floss the bling February 17, 2006

Hannah with the Gold

Here is a rundown of the gold medal Olympians Shaun and Hannah upcoming TV appearances. Props to our buddies at the company that shares the same name as the starting ride in the Daytona 500 this Sunday!

Friday 2.17

“CBS Early Show” – Hannah scheduled to be interviewed live in the 8:00 am hour
“CNN American Morning” – Hannah set to appear live in the 9:00 am hour

“ET on MTV” – “Day in the life of” piece on Shaun set to air (also re-airs on Saturday). This is an “Entertainment Tonight” spin-off that airs on MTV.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – Shaun set to appear

Monday 2.20

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” – Shaun set to appear

Tuesday 2.21

“Martha” – Hannah schedule to appear live with Martha. They’ll do something with syrup.

Saturday 2.25

MTV “TRL Awards” –Hannah scheduled to be a presenter. Show tapes on 2.21 (subject to change to TRL appearance on 2.22)

Snowboarders Ruling the Olympics for USA February 16, 2006

As of 4:00 PM EST today, the USA ranks 4th in the medal race. American athletes have so far tallied 9 medals, 6 gold, 2 silver, and one bronze.

Interestingly, the Snowboarders account for more than half of these medals — 3 gold and 2 silver. Basically, the snowboarders are saving the Olympics for the USA. Hopefully, this will merit some extra good coverage for tonight’s broadcast of the men’s SBX and tomorrow’s broadcast of the women’s.

Doubtful though. We’re pretty sure it will be all short track and Bode mumfording again. It will be worth tuning into though to see Seth Wescott’s charge into gold medal territory — all of the media accounts make it sound pretty incredible. We can’t stress how critical a DVR is in a situation like this.

Snowboarding… an Olympic Sport!? February 15, 2006

An anonymous heckler comments:

My only point of ‘marvel’ was that it’s been called a sport and even worse that snowboarding is considered an Olympic sport.

What a bunch of crap! The Olympics are for athletes

Really, you’ve got a valid point, Mr. or Mrs. Anon. We also prefer the much more athletic Olympic sports, such as curling, synchronized swimming, figure skating, table tennis, and rhythmic gymnastics.

Anyway, we’re sorry you feel that way about snowboarding. We’d encourage you to give it a try on your own, except that we think the instructor who wrote in earlier may have a really good point… some people are better off sticking to bowling or competitive eating.

Either way, thanks for the anonymous comments. At the GR, we love anonymous comments because we believe in freedom and we love chaos. We will never EVER turn off anonymous commenting*, unlike the wussier blogs in Cyberspace.

* Unless we really want to, because we believe in freedom. See how this freedom thing works? Kinda cool, huh? Comments go below, or send us mail, bitches.

Ladies Night in Bardonecchia February 14, 2006

Just like the men, the US women came within a few tenths of a point of performing a complete sweep in the halfpipe yesterday, while walking away with Gold and Silver medals for the USA. This would have been quite an amazing feat, except for the fact that there were only two other riders in the final.

For reals, we thought we were tuning into an international Olympic contest, but NBC decided to nix every non-US athlete except for Aussie hottie Torah Bright and bronze medal winner Kjersti Buaas. Oh, and we did get to see Doriane Vidal in the qualifier, but not in the final. Sigh… we still love NBC though, but kind of in the way that you still love your dog even after it shits on your neighbors rug, because, well, he’s still the only dog you have.

Alright, enough hating on NBC. This is what we have to deal with if we want Mom to ask us about Shaun White the next time we are over there for dinner. So, some love is in order for what was good about ladies night.

Major, major props goes to Hannah Teter for besting Gretchen Bleiler and the rest of the field. Suffering a knee injury that was bad enough to prevent her from attending the opening ceremonies and severely cut into her practice time, she showed major guts when she showed up blasting away huge frontside nines and stomping a line that she had barely practiced all week. What most impressed us, however, was her victory lap. Teter had to be aware that her first run wasn’t substantially better than Bleiler’s, so rather than cheesing it up for the crowd on her second run like Shaun White had done the day before, Teter put the hammer down and went huge. There should be no doubt that yesterday, Teter was the best.

Not to be confused with Kelly ClarksonKelly Clark also turned in an extra gutsy performance. Her last run would have been a medal winner with an easy straight air on her last hit. Instead, she boosted a HUGE frontside 9 (we’re still wondering if she was looking for the 1080 she was reportedly practicing.) If she hadn’t washed out on the landing, that run would have hands down won the gold medal. Nice job, Kelly, now please stop singing before you drop in.

In other Olympic news, Bode “Mumford” Miller is continuing his streak of totally fucking up at the Olympics, having been disqualified from the combine today for straddling a gate. Also, USA snowboard cross team member Jayson Hale was injured in practice and won’t compete on Thursday. The silver lining here is that at least we won’t have to hear the NBC commentators drone on and on about the potential for another American sweep. Sweeping at the Olympics is so 2002 anyway.

NBC decks out during Men’s Halfpipe February 13, 2006

Top Ten Things We Would Rather Watch Than Olympic Men’s Halfpipe*:

5) Sappy videos featuring a shirtless 5 year old Shaun White and stories about Mrs. White burning burritos in a hotel.
4) Ancient Relic and Ex-Olympian Michelle Kwan at a press conference.
3) Bode Miller mumfording.
2) Bob Costas asking Shaun White if he is going to get laid in the Olympic Village.
1) Nifty short track speed skating. (Dude, it’s almost as fun as watching your kid brothers race car set! Around and around they go!!! Yay!!!)

*Or, at least that’s what NBC figures we’d rather be seeing. Was it just us, or did yesterday’s coverage totally blow? In addition to all the crap we had to fast-forward through in order to get to the snowboarding part of the broadcast, there was quite a bit lacking.

Like, how did they totally 86 the German athletes from the contest? What happened on Andy Finch’s second run in the final? Wasn’t there a Canadian rider who made the final? Why didn’t they put Molly Aguirre and Carrie White on the TV more?

The answers are pretty obvious to us: NBC has a deep and festering hatred for Germans and Canadians, NBC is gay, and Pat Parnell was so drunk that he was vomiting during Finch’s second run and so they couldn’t show it on TV. Parnell’s drunkenness also explains how, not once but twice, he made the claim that Antti Autti was the only athlete present to have beaten White before. White finished THIRD behind Autti AND Andy Finch in the 2005 X-games.

Kass:  Air-to-fakie en route to Olympic SilverNBC did do a few things right. First, they at least had the temerity to show both of Mathieu Crepel’s qualifiers, where he landed 1260s. (Not that you would have known that was a big deal, due to Parnell’s extreme drunkenness.) They did hook up the coverage in HD. NBC also showed more of the qualifier than we were expecting, though this was probably because of the nail biter White endured after decking out on his first run. Finally, we got to see Antti Autti choke, and also saw both of Danny Kass and Mason Aguirre’s runs. Danny Kass is a snowboard machine, and props to Mason. (Though, we are thinking that Mason’s silver medal winning run from this year’s X-games might have been good enough to defeat Shaun White’s winning run at the Olympics. Damn, you, 2 run format.)

Still, we are forced to conclude that in 2010, we will be much more excited about the X-games than the Olympics. Seeing the coverage of the event live, in totality, and uninterrupted by a sputtering Michelle Kwan is just so much better than what NBC delivered. Plus, the X-games format, with a 3 run final, is way better than the 2 run format with the quirky 6-12 qualifying scheme the IOC prefers. Fucking skiers.

Even still, we’ll admit that we will be parked in front of the TV tonight for the women’s halfpipe coverage. We won’t spoil it for you here but if you venture into Cyberspace you can get the results for that contest — and it was a bit of a shocker.

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