February 19, 2010

  • Another winter weather event?

    Surely not.  That would be beyond bizarre.

    Been watching the Winter Games and for the most part the ads in them are not terrific.  I'm getting really tired of the Nationwide ads...the original one about "The world's best spokesman in the world" was dopey, but the succeeding ad is even worse.  It doesn't seem to make sense, or explain why anyone should get their insurance through Nationwide.  

    The Chevy ads are good.  Makes me want to get either a Traverse or Equinox.  ;^)

    Tonight begins my favorite figure skating event, i.e. ice dancing!  Woo-hoo!  

    Last night wrapped up the men's individual figure skating competition, and I need to ask the boys what's the Russian for "sore loser".  Plushenko looked like he was chewing a lime when he was on the award stand, and apparently he's been mouthing off ever since, complaining about not getting the gold.  I didn't think he deserved it, frankly.  His short program left me stone cold...so busy, with him waving his arms all over the place.  Evan Lysacek skated better, and more difficult programs.

    Says she who can't skate across an ice rink.  Horizontally. 

    The ads for upcoming movies and television shows are also less than compelling.  So far there's not a one I'm interested in seeing.  The worst of the lot has to be that "marriage" show with Jerry Seinfeld and whatshisname. 

    Just finished watching Allison Reed (IIRC) and her partner, and while her skating was excellent, I'm taken aback by the fact she's only 15 years old, she is representing the nation of Georgia, a country she has never set foot in (though she's planning on visiting it this summer, now that she's a citizen and all).  The commentator acknowledged that changing one's nationality for the sole purpose of competing in the Olympic might seem odd to some but if one is passionate about skating and the opportunity presents itself, why not?

    Call me Some, because it most assuredly seems odd to me.  Certainly there are legitimate reasons for changing one's nationality....marriage or adoption, for two.  But simply because it facilitates one's ability to compete?  Presumably Allison either fears she wouldn't be able to cut the mustard and represent the USA (she's from Warren, MI), or she's all about shortcuts.

    So far's I'm concerned, she can go to Georgia this summer and stay there. 

Comments (2)

  • I generally agree about the nationality-switching thing, but there is an occasional exception. One Japanese girl became Russian because Japan simply does not have a pairs skating program, period. (Since they've consistently had men's and women's I have a suspicion that has to do with the physical size of the average Japanese man.) It was either find a new country, or not skate. OTOH, emigrating from Japan and changing your citizenship Just Isn't Done. Giving up "being Japanese" is unthinkable. I don't think most Japanese who emigrate to places like the U.S. or Canada or Australia change their citizenship -- they just let their kids be the first citizens in the family.

    But the case you mention is the opposite extreme. She's never even BEEN to Georgia? I guess if nobody really ever WANTS to immigrate to your country, your immigration and citizenship requirements can be pretty lax. :tongue: Then there was the mogul skier who skis for Oz because he couldn't get along with the rest of the Canadian skiing establishment. Of course given that he made a (literal) fortune on SPAM, I can sort of understand the hostility!

  • I totally agree with your rant.  I was appalled at the amount of people skating for different countries other than their own.  Isn't this the Olympics where different COUNTRIES come together to compete not what INDIVIDUAL can win a medal?

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