Sunday, February 14, 2010

USA is Not Going to Win the Men's Biathlon

I just wanted to comment on how much I love the Olympics. Winter or Summer, they are both great. Today, while watching the Men's Biathlon (Sprint) which is a 10 kilometer race where you ski and then stop to shoot – once standing and once prone. There are five targets to shoot and depending on if you are standing or prone the athlete has to hit a grapefruit or golf ball sized target, respectively.

I know what you're thinking, what if they miss the target? I'm glad you asked. Depending on what round is being played (Sprint, Pursuit, Individual - et cetera) you either get a time penalty or you have to ski an extra 150 meter penalty lap. Harsh!

Men's Biathlon seems pretty interesting, this is one of my favorite parts about the Olympics, it's not about commercial time, it's not about bitchy millionaire professionals, it's about sports, and the people who are the best in the world.

Americans, by the way, are not so great at the Men's Biathlon. During the race, NBC commentator stated,"The biathlon has been part of the Winter Olympics since 1924." Thank's commentator man! Good historical lesson. He wasn't finished, he continued, "An American has never won a medal of any kind, and that is not gonna change today." Harsh, and funny.

Moral: I love the Olympics. You never get to see some of these competitions. People dedicate their lives to these pursuits and because they're not Football or Basketball they don't get the recognition. It's wonderful that the world can come together and fully appreciate these athletes for what they do, and not how much they get paid to do it.