OK I have had a bad week. I also know squit about any Winter Olympics sport but I feel justified in this rant because a) I have had a bad week and b) Mrs W totally agrees and she is a far, far nicer person than me.
So. One of the UK snowboard skiers with maybe a hope of a medal falls in training and breaks her wrist. She soldiers on and the next day falls in training and fractures her heel, requiring surgery. Now this is portrayed as her being unluckily ‘robbed’ of her Olympic dream by the BBC team and the ever sympathetic Clare Balding.
Forgive me but isn’t the point of training in these slippy slidy sports to get better and not fall over (twice) and break bones? She was not mugged by an errant snowplough. She did not have a bizzare accident involving a bar of soap in the shower cubicle. Maybe falling over a lot in training means she needs to actually get better at this snowboarding thing? I am sorry she did not get to compete, she must be gutted but perhaps we should not treat this like she was robbed?
Then we have the serially falling over speed-skater Elise Christie. She fails to start well in her semi and ends up in a bad lane In the final of her event. She fails to start well and gets in a bad position in the track. Battling to get on terms she has her hand touched by the blade of a competitor (hardly a deliberate act) then weeping she blames everyone else, ably abetted by a mourning Beeb. Nobody involved in her alleged ‘incident’ is disqualified.
Maybe Ms Christie should take responsibility for her performance? She was not cheated, she got beaten. Maybe she should get angry and go out and prove she can win in her last two events, and good luck to her if she does. If she fails maybe she is not the best in her discipline? Can anyone in the Beeb commentary team recall the name and nationality of the winner yesterday?
I wish the Beeb would develop just a smidge of objectivity with UK competitors.
Anyway the half-pipe looks awesomely rad doesn’t it. Bosh!