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The broadcast of the Olympics opening ceremonies seems to have shut down traffic on the forum quite a bit tonight.

The broadcast of the Olympics opening ceremonies seems to have shut down traffic on the forum quite a bit tonight.

Feb 9th, 2002, 12:14 AM
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John G; you bad boy you. Maybe you should help him find a new tailor! Brioni here we come!!!! I noticed that you are from Philly. Me, too! Well, not for 20 years but originally. Still have family there. It seems that there's a few girls who want to go shopping with you. Oh, come on!!!!!! Happy Olympics to everyone.
Feb 9th, 2002, 02:29 AM
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I'm watching it here in Basel, Switzerland, on a French tv channel. It's quite interesting to listen to European commentary rather than the usual relentlessly gung-ho American coverage. I didn't care for the opening skating show that much but I'm looking forward to watching it through the week and also hearing the European perspective (via UK, French, German, Italian, Austrian and Dutch tv channels).
Feb 9th, 2002, 05:05 AM
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I see that fodors didn't stop working to watch the Olympics. Killed the towels and toilet paper thread.


No loss, actually.
Feb 9th, 2002, 09:42 AM
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John, I wondered if it might be Guiliani too, but I *think* the person is always an athlete. Don't know if his large jacket was because of a bullet-proof vest, but I'm sure he was well protected underneath his clothing. Eruzione was a good choice.

Overall, I really liked the ceremony. The U.S. had wanted the Olympic team to carry the WTC flag and, apparently, the IOC balked at this idea (rightfully so, IMO.) I thought the compromise they arrived at was good.

Jim McKay seemed to stumble over his words quite a few times; don't know if he wasn't feeling well, or is just getting a bit old. I remember him well from the Sarajevo Olympics, and it's so sad to think of the horror that eventually visited that lovely city.

I think Bob Costas is brilliant, and loved his occasional droll comment, my favorite being when the young boy skater was surrounded by the skating icicles: "Looks like it's not going so well for the Child of Light." :~) Speaking of which, the choreography, and costumes, of the ice skaters was wonderful.

I loved the voice of the French announcer. There's something about a woman speaking French...

And, speaking of the French, very nice touch by the French team (the French, after all, having presented the U.S. with perhaps our greatest symbol, the Statue of Liberty), with their double-sided flags: the French tricolor on one side, the Stars and Stripes on the other. Vive la France!

It's always fun to see the Jamaican team, and I liked the smiles on the faces of the troops in Kandahar when they showed this team; how can you not love Jamaicans at the Winter Olympics?

I LOVED the five Native nations of Utah, the blessings they bestowed upon the athletes, and the absolutely beautiful native costumes, but found the whole settler thing that came afterward a bit disconcerting, a striking reminder of how those very Native nations who welcomed the athletes were overrun by these settlers. Oh well, might makes "right"; that's pretty much been the history of the world, and few of us would be living in the U.S. if European immigrants hadn't conquered the native people.

On that note, I give great credit to Australia for selecting Cathy Freeman to light the Olympic flame for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Not only is she an Aboriginie, but one who is also very outspoken in demanding respect for Australia's indigenous people. Ms. Freeman was also one of the eight people carrying the Olympic Flag, along with John Glenn, Lech Walesa, Desmond Tutu, Jean-Claude Killy, Stephen Speilberg, Jean-Michel Cousteau, and Japan's ski jumper Kazuyoshi Funaki.

Everytime I hear "The Star-Spangled Banner", with its militaristic images ("bombs bursting in air"), I wish that "America the Beautiful" -- which, IMO, is a far more beautiful song -- was our national anthem.

Salt Lake City's setting, nestled against the Wasatch Mountains, is stunning, and this is sure to be a great Olympics.
Feb 9th, 2002, 09:48 AM
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I was so stupid about the Winter Olympics this year. I have about 16 friends who live in Salt Lake City and all of them invited me to come and see the Olympics. But, I declined. Oh, now I regret it. My ultimate goal, however, is to return to Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games. That should be the ulimate experience.

Did anyone see Prince Albert of Monaco? He looks terrible for his age. He should lay off the Champagne or he is going to go the way of Princess Margy.
Feb 9th, 2002, 10:24 AM
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Date: 02/09/2002, 12:38 pm
Message: Trying to decided whether to travel to Ireland this July or go in the off season the last 2 weeks of April 2003. Very interested in weather as we are golfers. Help would be appreciated. THanks Cheryl


Author: cd ([email protected])
Date: 02/09/2002, 01:21 pm
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Were the tickets for the closing ceremony as expensive as for the opening? Have a wonderful time!!!

Feb 9th, 2002, 12:22 PM
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Overall, the Opening Ceremony was pretty good, although I thought the "child of light" thing was kind of hokey. I loved the Native American piece, though...it was beautiful and gave me small glimse into the customs of marginalized people (unfortunately).

Was it just me, or were the US Olympic Team's outfits "militaristic"?? They looked more like Special Forces, than athletes. When holding the WTC flag, I couldn't tell who was who.
Feb 9th, 2002, 12:30 PM
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I thought the US team's outfits looked militaristic too. Their hats made them look like sea cadets.Sheesh!

I was not happy about the choice of the American hockey team lighting the flame. For me, I am tired of hearing about the glory days when they won the gold. It gets rehashed far to much in my humble opinion.

Feb 9th, 2002, 01:56 PM
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Hey, didn't it look like Katie Couric had a nose job or a face lift, maybe that thing on her head was hiding the stitches. She just looks different, after not seeing her for a while. I liked her old (no pun intended) look better.
Feb 9th, 2002, 02:08 PM
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The opening show was beautiful and I would really have enjoyed being able to actually hear the music and the crowd, etc. without that idiot Bob Costas CONSTANTLY blabbing. He had to tell us everything we were seeing like we were blind or something. I don't know why the networks insist on this irritating constant barrage of verbiage. Was the same in Atlanta. Honestly, I'm sure NBC doesn't care, but I can't even listen, I have to turn off the volume.
Feb 9th, 2002, 03:22 PM
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Capo, I agree with everything you wrote. Why did we on the West Coast have to watch a tape rather than see it live along with the rest of the country?
Feb 9th, 2002, 04:43 PM
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I agree with the comment about the Star Spangled Banner vs. America the Beautful. However, I have to say that I thought the Mormon Tabernacle Chior sang the Star Spangled Banner beautifully.

I also wondered what was wrong with Jim McKay. He stumbled over his words constantly and seemed confused. Kind of sad. Thought Bob and Katie talked way too much. Their commentary reminded me of the insipid parade hosts we have to endure on New Year's day.

Feb 9th, 2002, 05:04 PM
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Jim McKay had a severe stroke awhile back. I remember him from when I was young, when he hosted Wide World of Sports. It was nice of them to ask him into the booth and unfortunate he was not up to it.
Feb 9th, 2002, 05:23 PM
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I could care less but read the whole thread to feel the pulse of USA.
Feb 9th, 2002, 05:26 PM
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REgarding the WTC flag: I believe the IOC acquiesced, but the unexpected, severe winds forced the change in plans (with regard to flying it.) Or so said NPR...
Feb 9th, 2002, 06:01 PM
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Btilke, I envy you. I'm almost not looking forward to the games because of the jingoistic, smarmy commentary. The time we watched in France I thought we got much better rounded coverage and more of it (but then we missed some of the US coverage--can't have everything). I think I'll tape and fast-forward through the smarm (are there any athletes who haven't recovered from cancer/psoriasis, just lost a mother/guinea pig, overcome a handicap/ingrown toenail?) I guess I’m just cynical about producers seeking out 50 ways to tug at our heartstrings (yes, there are 50 up-close-and-personals this year).
Feb 9th, 2002, 06:05 PM
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A.M., thanks for the info on Jim McKay. I hadn't known that and that may account for the trouble he seemed to have.

Kit, likewise; thanks for the info about the WTC flag.
Feb 9th, 2002, 06:24 PM
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Thank you! I was thinking I might be the sole American who felt that way.

It's competition, it's sport - just show me the event, spare me the blather and let me make of it what I will.

Feb 9th, 2002, 08:45 PM
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I do not mean to sound negative but,

Why was Manaco in with the countries starting with the letter F?

Why didn't anyone see that the icycle costumes looked like the KKK.

I liked the overall show, but I think Capo touched on it some, that the show copied Australia, puppets and natives alike.

At first I was skeptical, thinking the Native American's got a patronizing deal, in that it seems aborigines (sp) have more freedom/space, to continue their traditions. I felt the indians were used, to better the show.

But watching the dancing made me realize that they had something they wanted to get across, and were glad to be a part. I felt connected. They united us.

Feb 9th, 2002, 08:54 PM
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Sunday afternoon...the OLYMPIC MENS DOWNHILL...the ultimate in Olympic speed, technique, fearlessness...and NBC decides to tape it and show it on "prime time" Sunday evening!
Two years ago NBC apologized for having to show tape delays because the Olympics were in Australia...
This year NBC, being an honest company, (in the spirit of Enron) will no doubt have their excuses for not showing the event live...can we say MONEY????

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