Hello hello! I'm back from my short hiatus, having
delved deeply into the Olympics over the past 2
weeks. I'll have more on that shortly. I also will
try not to keep such a time frame between posts
(almost 2 weeks).
The Job Front: I'm currently working at a new
assignment in Fort Washington (about 15 miles from
home). It's primarily clerical, really easy,
workable for now.
My third state test result came back this week...
unfortunately, it wasn't very good. But I have
moved up in the rankings on my other two tests.
Although they are not currently hiring in
Philadelphia, I am number one on the list for
caseworkers. Got an interview survey from
Montgomery County this week...things are looking
Olympics: Only a day from their end, but I
would say they have been highly successful,
particularly for the Americans. 30 medals as of
this typing, with at least one more guaranteed for
the US hockey team.
And let's talk about them for a minute. What a
turnaround from 1998. They've played very well
on the larger ice surface, and have gelled
wonderfully as a unit. I think a lot of that
can be traced to Coach Herb Brooks. The gold
medal game against Canada should be exciting.
Scandals...almost every Olympics has something
that goes not quite right. First, we had
the pairs figure skating. Sale and Pelletier
definitely earned that second gold medal
awarded...and mad props to the IOC for stepping
Then, there are the Russians. Pissy mad b/c
their cross country skier was disqualified in
a pre-run drug test (which they admitted).
Then, they weren't overly happy about the
pairs figure skating. Now, they're bitching
b/c they think Irina Slutskaya deserved a
second gold medal for the womens figure
skating. Oh, and lastly, their complaints
about the officiating in the hockey games.
Lastly, the South Koreans are angry b/c
Kim Dong Sung was disqualified in the
1500m short track speed skating race, giving
the gold to favorite Apolo Anton Ohno.
Here's how I see all of it:
--Sarah Hughes skated perfectly. Slutskaya
made a few noticeable errors. I seriously
doubt that the judges are going to play
around now after the pairs controversy.
--Jamie Sale and David Pelletier also
skated flawlessly. However, given that
Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze had
already been given the gold medal, you
certainly could not take it away from them.
Apparently, there was an admittance that there
was some collusion involved in the judging
process. This was a serious controversy in
a sport already known for controversy.
--The Russians ADMITTED that Larissa Lazutina
tested high on hemoglobin in the pre-race
drug test, though they say no performance-
enhancing drugs were used. Hey, I don't
like some of the weird issues with the
drug tests. The Romanian gymnast who took
cold medicine and flunked the test, and
the US bobsledder who says he got tainted
supplements and flunked his test...these
quickly come to my mind. But she failed the
test...officials did the right thing in
--I hope that Russia makes good on their
threat to boycott the Athens summer games
in 2004. The Russians/Soviets were gone
from 1912 to 1952 in Olympic competition,
and I'm sure that not many were shedding
tears over it. If they take the crybaby
stance, they will only allow Americans to
absolutely crush everyone else in the
--I've heard at least 2 people note that
Russia is not doing as well as they
normally do in the Winter Olympics. Why
is this? Certainly, the Americans got
a boost in these games, given the fact
that the Olympics are here in the US.
However, I think it is a combination of
other countries (especially the US)
performing better in the Olympics, and
that the Russians are simply not as good
as they once were. From what I've seen
on TV, many of them train in the US.
In the case of many of the hockey players,
they play in the NHL. So...where's the
--Russian President Vladimir Putin
commented that the games are slanted
towards North America. So, let me
say this. Hey, dumbass! If the
games are so slanted, why is
Germany the medal leader and Norway
in 3rd place?
--The speed skating event looked like
it was a judgment call. I had no
idea what happened...I figured Ohno
just waited too long to try and take
over. Apparently, the Australian
judge saw something that is illegal
in speed skating, called "crosstracking."
In addition, someone mentioned that
the situation was similar to basketball,
where a player "acts" very well in order
to draw a foul on an opponent. If Ohno
was acting, he did a great job, and the
judge saw nothing wrong with it. What
can you do? Lastly, let's not rule
out that the South Koreans just might
not be the superior force anymore. Look
what happened with Ahn Hyun Soo in the
1000m race last weekend.
We've seen some great performances by
Americans Tristan Gale, Derek Parra,
Jimmy Shea, Sarah Hughes, and Jill Bakken
and Vonetta Flowers. They were not
expected to win, or at least not to do so
well. But they won Olympic gold...lots of
feel-good stories to pass around. We also
saw Todd Eldredge, Michelle Kwan, and
Picabo Street say goodbye. And let us not
forget the other great performances, not
only by Americans like Bode Miller and Apolo
Anton Ohno, but by athletes such as
Croatian skier Janica Kostelic, Swiss ski
jumper Simon Ammann, and Russian figure
skater Alexei Yagudin.
For 2 weeks in Utah, the greatest winter
athletes in the world came here to show
their stuff. Since being awarded the games,
there has been a vote-buying scandal and
a terrorist attack on our soil. Not to mention
the complaining during the games. Yet Salt
Lake City provided us with a lot of great
Olympic memories to cherish for years to
Random Political Thoughts
--Dubya is still a dummy. "Axis of Evil"...
what the hell is this? World War II again?
--China and "political freedoms" don't go hand
posted by sycamore 2/23/2002 at 16:24 EST